By Davion Smith, BVI News Journalist
When Nathaniel Isaac, Sr rang his son’s phone this morning, the last person he expected to hear on the other end of the line was a British police officer informing him that his son was dead.
Nathaniel Jr was found dead in his dormitory at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom (UK) today, January 5.
His father and other family members residing in the BVI had been trying to get hold of the 20-year-old since New Year’s Eve. But, all calls and messages went unanswered.
This led a worried Nathaniel Sr to contact administrators at the university where his son was a first-year student.
“I told them we are feeling something is wrong. We are WhatsApping him. He is not responding. That’s not like him. So, they went to check and see what happened.”
That’s when the British Virgin Islander’s body was found, and UK police summoned.
Meanwhile, in the BVI, Nathaniel Sr made a final attempt to call his son. He received the heartbreaking news.
“I had to stay strong to ask follow-up questions so I remained calm. I tried to maintain my composure, and I asked questions that were necessary at the time,” he told BVI News.
“I asked questions like: was there any foul play?”
Police said there were no apparent signs of foul play but the death is still being investigated, Nathaniel Sr noted.
Family broken; only son
As the mourning father spoke with BVI News this afternoon, it was almost unbelievable how cool-headed he remained throughout the interview.
He however said his wife and three daughters are not handling news of his son’s death well.
“They are broken,” he told BVI News.
“We are all going through a lot of pain as you would expect – parents and sisters. We have lost a gem because he was a well-rounded student from primary to high school to college,” Nathaniel Sr said, adding that his son always made him proud.
“Outside of school, he was an outstanding son. I remember him as one of my major investments and he is irreplaceable. That’s the only son I have – I had,” he lamented.
In the meantime, law enforcers suspect that Nathaniel Jr has been dead for two to three days now.
Family members will be travelling to the UK to get further answers about Nathaniel Jr’s death, as well as to return his body to the BVI.
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