One-year-old Sonell D. Wleh will not get to play with his father, Prince Toby Wleh.
The 27-year-old footballer, who recently joined first division club, Gedi & Sons, was reportedly shot and killed last Friday night, according to his younger brother, William B. Wleh.
The newly signed on player for Gedi & Sons died at the Redemption Hospital; the body was later transferred to the A. B. Anderson Funeral Home, according to family sources.
“This is an unfortunate situation to befall a footballer,” said former NPA star player, Jonathan Armah Baxter, during an interview yesterday. “The whole community is affected by his murder.”
The incident occurred near his mother’s residence in Island Clinic, Monrovia, by assailants that have not been identified.
The victim was a freshman student at the UMU and wanted to become a biologist, according to family sources.
Older sister Celestine Wleh told the Daily Observer Saturday afternoon that the family is confused and is asking anyone with information that could lead to the assailants to contact the police.
“We don’t know why my brother was targeted and who did it,” Celestine said. “Up to now we are still asking why my brother died.”
The Observer learned that the victim took part in a just ended community soccer tournament sponsored by Hon. Edward Forh, held at the St. Paul Bridge area.
A family member said there were reports of some confusion at the end of the tournament, and the final game was awarded to Island Clinic, where the victim was a star player.
“He became the highest goal scorer as well as the Most Valuable Player; and he was expected to have been honored on Saturday, March 2,” the family member said, “but as it happened, he was killed on March 1.”
However, all efforts by the Daily Observer to garner any confirmation on the alleged confusion that erupted at the end of the tournament proved futile.
Police officers visited the crime scene, and the only person of interest was the bike driver who notified the victim’s younger brother about the condition of his brother, sources told the Daily Observer.
Mr. B. Alphonso Armah, Secretary General of the Liberia Football Association, condemned the murder of Prince Wleh and told the Daily Observer yesterday that an investigation will be conducted by the LFA.
“This is a shame to Liberian football,” Secretary General Armah said. “We express our condolences to the family.”