Charlotte FC to host memorial service for Anton Walkes after English defender's tragic death aged 25 – Daily Mail

By Oliver Salt For Dailymail.Com


Charlotte FC are set to hold a memorial service for Anton Walkes after the defender’s tragic death at the age of 25 last week. 
Walkes, who had spent the last three years of his career in America’s MLS, passed away following a boating accident in Miami, Florida, last Wednesday.  
The Tottenham academy graduate was discovered unconscious following a crash of two boats near Miami Marine Stadium around 3pm, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 
He then received CPR from Miami Fire Rescue Wednesday before being transported to hospital, but died early Thursday. 
Supporters held a vigil outside Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, laying floral tributes to Walkes after discovering the heartbreaking news, while Tottenham also wore black armbands in their former player’s memory during a Premier League match against Manchester City. 
Charlotte FC are set to hold a memorial for Anton Walkes after the defender’s death at 25
Walkes, pictured with girlfriend Alexis (middle) and their daughter Ayla (right), was involved in a tragic boating accident in Florida last Wednesday
Fans held a vigil for the player outside Charlotte FC’s Bank of America Stadium last Thursday
And now the MLS club have confirmed they will be hosting a memorial for him at their home arena on Tuesday. 
‘Anton was an incredible father, friend, and teammate, who shared his joy for football and life with all those around him,’ a Charlotte statement read.
‘We ask that you join us in remembering the impact he had on us all.’ 
Walkes, who had a young daughter called Ayla with his girlfriend Alexis, started his professional career in England with Tottenham after spending four years in their academy ranks.
He only made one appearance for Spurs, coming in a League Cup game against Gillingham in 2016, before leaving the club two years later.  
Charlotte have also confirmed a memorial will be held at the stadium on Tuesday of this week 
Following loan spells in America with Atlanta United and in England’s lower leagues with Portsmouth, he joined the latter team permanently in 2018.
A second stint with Atlanta then came two years later, before he was selected by Charlotte in the 2021 MLS Expansion Draft. Walkes made 24 appearances in his debut season. 
Charlotte’s Andre Shinyashiki shared a heartbreaking tribute to his former teammate last week, saying he already ‘misses’ his laugh and ‘jokes’.
‘Bro, I promised myself I wouldn’t write some BS cliche post, but I need to get this off my chest,’ Shinyashiki wrote
Walkes had spent the last three years of his career over in America after leaving England
The center-back, who was born in Lewisham, London, started off in England with Tottenham
‘To me this isn’t a Charlotte FC player, this was one of my best friends. I already miss your laugh, your jokes, sitting next to you in the meal room, enjoying our time together. 
‘I don’t know how I’m gonna look into your locker and not see you, I don’t know how I’m gonna get through going to training everyday with you not being there. 
‘I’m sorry I couldn’t help you, I will forever love you and will honor your name while I can.’
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