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St. Lucian Soccer Player Isidore Phillip Tisson Killed in New York City

In this June 21, 2008 file photo, St. Lucia's Phillip Tisson (14) leaps over Guatemala's Guillermo Ramirez Ortega as he chases the ball during a soccer game in Los Angeles. Tisson was shot and killed outside a club while celebrating his winning goal in a New York City tournament. (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis, File)

St. Lucian Soccer Player Isidore Phillip Tisson Killed in New York City
Phillip Tisson leaps over Guatemala's Guillermo Ramirez Ortega (AP Photo/Jeff Lewis, File)

NEW YORK (CBS/WCBS/AP) A victory celebration ended in despair after a St. Lucian soccer player whose winning goal advanced his team in the final of a tournament for Caribbean teams was shot and killed in Brooklyn, N.Y. Monday.

Police say 27-year-old Isidore Phillip Tisson was shot in the head and killed while sitting in a car outside a Crown Heights restaurant early Monday morning, according to CBS affiliate WCBS.

Tisson scored his team's winning goal to capture a 1-0 victory over St. Kitts, said his coach Mitchel Daniel.

At around 4:30 a.m. Tisson was riding in a car with four women when they stopped at a store so he could buy water and fruit. When he returned to the vehicle and got into the back seat, a gunman approached Tisson and apparently pointed a weapon through the window, shooting the soccer star in the head at point-blank range.

The women sped away in the car and stopped a police cruiser, which escorted them to a nearby hospital where Tisson was pronounced dead. A woman who was seated next to Tisson when the shooting occurred was hospitalized and was in stable condition after suffering a graze wound on the shoulder, according to WCBS.

A .45 caliber shell casing was recovered from the vehicle. So far, no arrests have been made and police have no motive to the shooting.

Tisson arrived in New York - his first trip to the city - weeks ago to play for a St. Lucia club team in the Digicel Caribbean Cup. He scored the team's only goal 15 minutes into the second half, said Daniel.

He "had an awesome presence on the field and was a very gentle person," the coach remembered of Tisson. "He was addicted to soccer."

With the win over St. Kitts, St. Lucia moved on to the final slated for Sept. 5 against Jamacia, said Daniel.

"We'll be playing for Phillip," said the coach. "That's what he would have wanted."

  • Naimah Jabali-Nash

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