GSU men’s soccer alumnus Martin Parris died Sunday morning in a fatal car accident in Fayetteville, according to a news release issued by Georgia Southern University.
The 31-year-old played recreational soccer as a youngster for the Hinesville Gators under coach Tom Sukaratana and later played soccer while attending Bradwell Institute.
Parris played for the Eagles from 2001-03. His brother, Pat Parris, played from 1994-97 and currently is the men’s soccer coach at the University of North Georgia.
“The soccer family here at Georgia Southern is sad to hear of Martin’s passing; our thoughts go out to his family and friends,” coach Kevin Kennedy said. “His brother Pat is also an alum of our program and a former assistant coach, and he will be on our minds as well during this most difficult time. I understand that the men’s team at UNG will be dealing with a lot of emotions for the remainder of their season, and we wish them the very best.”
A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Martin is the son of Loretta E. and Valentine Parris. He leaves behind brothers Pat Parris and Sean Marshall. In April 2013, Martin married Kathleen Kapolka Parris.
Funeral services will be held today at St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Fayetteville.
The family asks that donations be made in his honor to the Soccer in the Streets Foundation (www.soccerstreets.org).