A cloud of sadness covered the British Virgin Islands at the weekend after news broke that 20-year-old Nathaniel Isaac Jr was found dead in his dormitory at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom (UK).
Many who knew him felt that the BVI lost an ambitious young man who was destined for greatness.
“We were shocked at his passing,” Director of Student Life at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) Debra Hodge told BVI News.
Hodge said the last time she saw young Isaac was when visited to say farewell before heading to university.
“We were excited about his new journey that he was about to start,” she added.
“He was an Honour Society member and so during that time, we were able to build a very close relationship. It was just sad that he was not able to pursue his studies and gain that experience, but again that’s life.”
Hodge described him as a friendly young man who took pride in his appearance someone who looked out for others, and had a friendly personality.
“He was really a people’s person, wouldn’t be caught up in anything, just really focused on his work,” she remarked.
Serious about education
Miss World BVI 2016 Kadia Turnbull said she remembers Isaac as an ambitious young man who took his education seriously.
According to Turnbull, they shared a science class at the HLSCC.
“From what I could tell he was a very good student – always well integrated into class, really enthusiastic with the sessions, always asked questions. He was really a good boy, who took education seriously. So his untimely death did come as a shocker. I was sad to learn of the passing of anyone and particularly a young man who was going somewhere with his life.”
Another one-time classmate of Isaac, Cody Williams said he was ‘caught off-guard’ by the news.
“It was shocking, I was depressed. I was at work at the time and my co-workers were talking about this child who had died. I didn’t know until they had said the name.”
“He always strived for the best, always carried his work on time, always polite … I saw him as a very successful guy in the future. He was very smart,” Williams added.
The two shared a computer programing class as well as graphic and web design classes at the local college.
Tributes to the youngster had also flooded social media.
Meanwhile, relatives raised an alarm to UK authorities last week after failed attempts to contact the young Isaac.
UK Police said no foul play has been suspected, however, investigations are ongoing.
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