Reggae Girlz Midfielder, 20, Stabbed To Death In Kingston

Tarania Clarke, who made her Jamaica debut in September, was stabbed in her hometown of Kingston.

Tarania “Plum Plum” Clarke, a member of the Jamaica women’s national team and captain of reigning Jamaica champion Waterhouse FC, was stabbed to death on Thursday in Kingston, Jamaica, authorities confirmed Friday.

Police said Clarke, 20, was killed by another woman after a fight broke out at a bar after a dispute over a cell phone. That woman, who has not been identified, has been arrested. 

Clarke had planned on moving to the United States in 2020 to go to college.

“This was a young lady who has shown much potential and was very pleasant, warm and had real potential to make it at the highest level,” said Michael Ricketts, president of the Jamaican Football Federation, in a statement. “She was very much a part of the Reggae Girlz squad during the recent Olympic qualifiers and did make an impact.

Rickets said the JFF must give as much support as it can to Clarke’s mother and friends. 

“The JFF is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of young Ms. Clarke — someone who would have shown so much promise, not just as a player but as a person,” the statement continued. “I must use this opportunity to personally, and certainly on behalf of the JFF, extend my most profound condolences to the immediate family members and friends of Ms. Clarke, her school family at Excelsior and, of course, her club Waterhouse.”

Clarke made her Reggae Girlz debut in September, scoring in a 12-1 win over Cuba during Olympic qualifying. She added her second Jamaica goal in October in an 11-0 win over Saint Lucia, also in Olympic qualifying. Clarke represented Jamaica at the U-15, U-17 and U-20 levels.

At the club level, the young woman nicknamed “Plum Plum” captained Waterhouse FC to the Jamaican Women’s League title last season. 

Jamaica qualified for its first Women’s World Cup in 2019. Though the Reggae Girlz lost all three matches in a stacked group with Italy, Australia and Brazil, they held their own despite going on strike soon after for not having been paid.

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