Team mourns the loss of gentle giant after tragedy
Members of a Peterborough sports team have been left mourning the loss of a ‘ gentle giant’ after a player died in a car crash alongside his brother. JatinderSinghDhesi- knownas Jay to his friends - died aged 23 in the crash on Sunday.
His 30- year- old brother Balrik Singh Dhesi, also died in the crash.
Jay was a star player for the Peterborough Saxons American Football Team.
He was also a coach for the Northampton University’s Nemesis American Football Team, andtributes fromacross the British American Football community have been pouring in on Twitter.
A statement from Peterborough Saxons said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of everyone involved. Heartbroken.”
Gary Marshall, chairman of the British American Football Association, paid his tributes to Jay, and said: “Jay’s presence in British football was considerable, giving so much to both community and student programmes in recent years.”
Wayne Gumbs, head coach of Northampton Nemesis, described Jay as a gentle giant while paying his tributes.
He said: “You really cannot say a bad word about him.
“Hewasarealcharacterand even if you didn’t know him, you would get along with him straight away.”
He added: “Jay wouldn’t say boo to a goose.
Jay andBalrik, bothofWhitworth Way, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire, died in a head- on collision on the A6 bypass near Burton Latimer at about 11.45am on Sunday.
The pair were i n a blue Vauxhall Tigra, driven by Balrik which collided with a grey Fiat Punto. A 27- year- old woman driving the Punto and a femalepassenger sufferedminor injuries.