Second tragedy hits Defoe after cousin is stabbed to death in St Lucia
Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe said has said he is “shocked and saddened” after learning that his cousin was stabbed to death.
It is understood Allan Edgar, who was in his 70s, was knifed in the neck during a robbery in St Lucia.
Defoe said: “I am shocked and saddened by the tragic news of my cousin”s murder in the close-knit town which my family is from in St Lucia.
Tragedy: Defoe”s cousin has been killed in a knife attack
“I want to again highlight the desperate need for us to pull together – the world over – to tackle knife crime and teach everyone how sacred a life is.”
His mother, Sandra St Helen, from Chigwell, Essex, said: “It was a very close relative. I was with my cousin a couple of months ago. We are a big family.”
Mr Edgar was the 29-year-old footballer”s first cousin twice removed.
Defoe”s half-brother, Jade, 26, was killed in a street attack in April 2009. He died from head injuries four days after being attacked in Leytonstone, east London.