Mystery as UK footballer tragically ‘murdered’ in Bermuda after ‘multiple stab wounds’

Osagi Bascome: Police hold press conference after murder

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Osagi Bascome, 23, was stabbed in the early hours of December 18, authorities confirmed. Mr Bascome signed for Bristol City in 2017, before spending the rest of the season playing for the under-23s after impressing in a trial. The 23-year-old was regarded as one of the island’s most talented players.

Playing 18 times for his country, Bermuda, and also scoring one goal – the talented player was well-respected in his country.

Authorities say the former player was stabbed in the St George’s area of Bermuda.

After being taken to the island’s main hospital, Mr Bascome later died from his injuries.

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.”

The spokesperson added that a party took place in that area and an “altercation” took place.

Police held a press conference following the stabbing of the 23-year-old.

As well as this, the country’s minister for national security, Renee Ming, also held a press conference.

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

“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,”

Mr Bascome had previously played with youth set-ups at Aston Villa, Stoke City, Valencia and Levante in Spain.

But the 23-year-old arrived at Bristol City in late 2016 after massively impressing in a trial.

In this trial, he played three games for the under-23s, scoring once in a victory over Ipswich Town.

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Following this, he headed straight into the first-team set-up for the remainder of the season after being offered a contract.

Under-23s coach Jamie McAllister spoke of how impressed he was by the youngster in his trial.

He said: “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.”

A club spokesperson for Darlington FC, where Mr Bascome also formerly played, paid their own tribute to the player.

They said: “The club is devastated to learn of the passing of former player Osagi Bascome.

“Osagi joined the club in 2019 playing a memorable role in our FA Cup tie at Walsall.

“Everyone from the club’s thoughts are with Osagi’s family and friends.”

Additional reporting by Tristan Cork

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