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UPDATE: Isidore Philip Tisson, 27, murdered execution-style in his car hours after scoring the game-winning goal to propel St. Lucia to the finals against Jamaica

Isidore Phillip Tisson (Center) was shot to death hours after leading St. Lucia to the Caribbean Cup finals.

A St. Lucia soccer star's jubilant victory celebration was cut short by a deadly .45-caliber bullet, fired execution-style into his car Monday on a dark Brooklyn street.

Isidore Phillip Tisson, 27, scored the goal that sent his country to the finals in a big tournament, then hit a Crown Heights club where he had the deejay give him shoutouts all night.

Headed home after 4 a.m., he had just stopped to buy some bananas when a gunman crept up and fired a single shot that crashed through his skull and hit the woman next to him.

"I heard the noise and then I felt the pain," the wounded woman, Shawnette Justin, 24, told the Daily News in a bedside interview at Brookdale University Hospital. "When I turned to see what was wrong, I saw the blood coming from his head."

Three other women in the car were unhurt. The driver stepped on the gas, but by the time they got to the hospital, the athlete was dead. "He didn't say anything on the way. His eyes were moving a little, but then nothing," Justin said. "I was holding his head, but then I couldn't any longer."

The motive for the murder of the team's top striker was unclear.

Police were investigating whether Tisson got into a fight at Tropiks, the Utica Ave. nightspot where he and teammates went to party.

They were also looking into whether the violence was sparked by something that happened during the Digicel Caribbean Cup, which is being held in Brooklyn.

Tisson led St. Lucia to an improbable 1-0 victory Sunday over St. Kitts-Nevis, sending his team to the finals of the tournament, where it will play Jamaica.

While celebrating at Tropiks, Tisson did not drink but was the toast of the party.

"He went back and forth to the deejay getting shoutouts to himself," Justin said. "How he scored the winning goal, how Jamaica best beware. Things like that. Maybe somebody was angry about that."

Teammate Simon Polius, 32, said Tisson had been threatened about his relationship with Justin.

"One day somebody told him, 'If you don't leave her alone' he would kill him," Polius said. "She had a boyfriend back home."

Justin, a schoolteacher in St. Lucia, insisted she and Tisson were just childhood friends and there was no former boyfriend in the wings.

Relatives said Tisson was a dedicated soccer player well-known in his country. He was unmarried with a 3-year-old daughter and had been in New York since May for the tournament.

"I feel that my whole world is falling apart," his mother, Rosleyn Tisson, said by phone. "He was very serious about what he was doing."

"It's a day of mourning in St. Lucia," said Tisson's cousin Dani Hippolyte. "Everybody was rooting for him."

A center-forward and substitute on St. Lucia's national team in its 2010 World Cup qualifying attempt, Tisson was the team's top scoring threat, said coach Martin Daniel.

"It was only the second time in 16 years that St. Lucia has made it to the finals [of the Digicel tournament]," Daniel said.

The match at Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York ended about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, and the team stayed around to watch Jamaica beat Barbados.

The players celebrated at the team clubhouse on Ralph Ave. before heading to the club.

Daniel said he could not imagine Tisson getting into a fight.

"He is very tall and big and gentle as a teddy bear," he said. "Everyone is surprised."

He said the team planned to compete in the final in honor of their fallen teammate.

"He loved soccer. By playing we would be doing what we could do best to honor him," Daniel said.


The heartbroken St. Lucia soccer team will play the Caribbean Cup championship game in honor of their star player slain on a Brooklyn street, the team announced Tuesday.

Isidore Philip Tisson, 27, scored the game-winning goal to propel St. Lucia to the finals Sunday, only to be murdered execution-style in his car hours later.

His team, though wracked with grief, vowed to compete in his memory.

"We have decided to play this final game as a tribute to Philip, who scored the single goal that propelled us to be in the finals," said coach Daniel Martin, whose squad will square off with Jamaica Sunday.

Officials at the Digicel Caribbean Cup, which is being held in Brooklyn, also unveiled a fund to help pay for the beloved Tisson's burial.

"This is a major loss to the team and to the league," says Fred Ballantyne, President of the Caribbean Cup. "Nevertheless, we ask the community to come out and support the teams for the final championship game."

Hailed as a hero for scoring the goal that defeated St. Kitts-Nevis, Tisson celebrated at Tropiks, the Crown Heights club where he spent his final hours.

After leaving the club, where he did not drink but was frequently saluted by the club's deejay, Tisson and friend Shawnette Justin, 24, went to buy bananas and were sitting in the soccer star's car when a gunman stealthily approached.

A single shot pierced Tisson's skull and wounded Justin, sitting next to him. The three other women in the car were unhurt.

Investigators were looking for surveillance video taken from the area around the Utica Ave. club and interviewed other revelers to see if Tisson fought with anyone inside Tropiks.

Tisson, the father of a 3-year-old girl, was a center-forward and substitute on St. Lucia's national team when it attempted to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.

He had lived in New York since May, while preparing for the tournament, teammates said.

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Comment by MrOneLove on September 6, 2010 at 7:04pm
When is this madness going to stop, the human garbage that took this youngman life, you need too rot for what you did..My deepest, sincere condolence goes out to his family ..,
Comment by CARAMEL SWEETNESS on September 3, 2010 at 10:56am
the will be a huge rally on utica and carroll today September 03 2010 at 6pm and a fund rasing bbq follows at St.Lucia house on 49th street and church ave.....please come make you voice be heard for justice for tisson.....
Comment by MJ Saint on September 2, 2010 at 12:05pm
Just hope this fool is caught, end another man life, for what? God help us all
Comment by Joanne on September 2, 2010 at 11:04am
So sad, why are there so many haters out there?? Tragic.. RIP
Comment by hasina zuberi on September 1, 2010 at 10:45pm
very sad in many ways...
Comment by TERRY SHARPE on September 1, 2010 at 9:02pm
Comment by Rosemarie Harris on September 1, 2010 at 4:50pm
Comment by Peace on September 1, 2010 at 2:13pm
I'm a Jamaican and I didn't know the young brother, but want to say thanks to all of you who kept and are keeping the post respectful. To those of you with nothing positive to add, PLEASE KEEP IT MOVING. This is not the place to big up St. Lucia, Jamaica or any other carribean nation, it's also note the place to gripe about your feelings/opinions as it relates to haters of your homeland, it is definately not the place to insinuate that our brother was killed by the competition because his team is better and they can't beat them - Seriously!!! that kind of crap only incites more negativity and violence. I'm going to Sunday's game and am hoping The Ignorant/The TroubleMakers/the WarMongers and thier friends stay away. Any attempts to retaliate will effect ALL CARRIBEAN SOCCER PLAYERS, because in the eyes of the media. WE ARE ONE NATION...... so should it be with us. To those attending on Sunday (save some a the liquor/herb money fi donate to the family.
Comment by Tracy on September 1, 2010 at 12:27pm
Ooops....left out the word "day" in the 4th sentence.
Comment by Tracy on September 1, 2010 at 12:25pm
My deepest heartfelt condolences to Mr. Tisson's friends and loved ones. These senseless killings in the black communities are destroying families. Why oh why does everything has to be solved with the white man's tool of destruction of the black man. When is the coming that these idiots wake up and see what they're doing to their own people. Taking away young people in the prime of their lives and damning their own souls. That is one reason white police officers treat you so, because they witness what you do to your own black brothers. I pray Mr. Tisson is in a better place, may his spirit rest in eternal peace. So very sad and plan senseless...

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