Ex-Bristol City footballer killed in Bermuda after ‘altercation at party’ – World News


Osagi Bascome signed for Bristol City in February 2017 after impressing bosses during a trial at the end of 2016. He then played for the under-23s for the rest of that season

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Bermuda police appeal for information after fatal stabbing on footballer

An ex-Bristol City player footballer has been’ tragically murdered in Bermuda.

Osagi Bascome, who was one of the sunshine island’s most talented players was stabbed on Saturday morning.

The 23-year-old died in the attack prompting a murder investigation to be launched.

Authorities in Bermuda confirmed that a man stabbed in the early hours of Saturday morning was Osagi Bascome.

Bascome signed for Bristol City in February 2017 after impressing bosses during a trial at the end of 2016. He then played for the under-23s for the rest of that season.

He played for the Bermuda national team 18 times, often alongside current Bristol City striker Nakhi Wells, and scored one goal for Bermuda.

Osagi Bascome (right) in a game against Costa Rica
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The player was stabbed in the St George’s area of Bermuda.

Police were at the island’s main hospital when they were alerted to the arrival of a 23-year-old who who died following his injuries.

Later on Saturday, police held a press conference to “update the public on the tragic murder”.

BristolLive reports a police spokesperson in Bermuda said: “A police investigation has commenced into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 23-year-old male, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an apparent stabbing incident.

“Officers were at King Edward Memorial Hospital in connection with another matter, when they were alerted to the victim who was brought into the Emergency Department in a non-responsive state, with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.

“The victim was transported to hospital via private vehicle. Details are at this time limited. A scene has now been established in the area of Fun Zone, Wallers Point Road, St. Georges,” he added.

He said a party was being held there and an “altercation” occurred.

Police held a press conference and the murder has shocked the nation of Bermuda. The country’s minister for national security, Renee Ming, also spoke at the press conference.

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of this young man, who is this afternoon coming to terms with this tragedy,” she said.

“While information is still being gathered and the investigation begins, I appeal to members of the public, who may have seen or heard what happened, to please share that information with police. If you know something, say something,” she added.

Bascome came to Bristol City in late 2016 after spending time at the youth set-ups at Aston Villa, Stoke City, Valencia and Levante in Spain.

He came on trial and impressed then Robins under-23s coach Jamie McAllister. In that trial, he played three games for the under-23s, scoring once in a victory over Ipswich Town – the goal assisted by Josh Brownhill, before going straight into the first team set up for the remainder of the season.

After a delay in getting the international clearance needed, he signed in February 2017, with McAllister saying at the time: “He’s been a ball of energy from the moment he arrived at the club. He’s integrated well with the group and has great enthusiasm – he just loves playing football.

“He’s got good awareness and vision. He can play up top in a two and also as a number ten,” he added.

He signed for the rest of the season, with the option for another year, but was released in May 2017.

At the time he signed, he said: “It is truly an honour to sign with Bristol City.

“It is a club with tremendous history and outstanding players and I am happy to be part of this experience. The hard part starts now and I will have to work harder now to ensure I can get playing time and impress.”

He was part of the Bermudan national team along.

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