MLAs held a moment of silence in the legislature Tuesday for an 18-year-old rugby player who died over the weekend.
It came after a motion of condolences in honour of Brodie McCarthy who sustained a fatal brain injury during a routine play at a rugby tournament in Summerside on Friday.
Several MLAs spoke in the house Tuesday before question period, including Belfast-Murray River MLA Darlene Compton, who represents the community where McCarthy’s family lives.
“It’s a wonderful family and Brodie was a shining star. His light was put out way too soon,” Compton said.
She asked people to remember the family and what they were going through.
“I have to say the community is really rallying around them.”
Education Minister Jordan Brown also spoke, sending condolences to the McCarthy family along with the school and sporting communities.
“I’m sure it’s a very, very tough time for them and for them to know that we’re all here with them I think would mean a lot,” Brown said.
Funeral arrangements for McCarthy have yet to be announced.