Helping Jamaica to a 2018 FIFA World Cup berth may be high on his agenda, but Reggae Boyz and Vancouver Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks has other things on his mind these days. Mattocks, a former schoolboy star with Bridgeport High School, is looking forward to becoming a first-time father. The 25-year-old, who is currently in Jamaica on a break from his professional duties in the Major League Soccer (MLS), beamed with excitement as he confirmed the news. He noted that he is anxiously awaiting the birth of his firstborn, expected to be delivered later this year. “The child is not yet born,” a smiling Mattocks told Saturday Sports during a Red Stripe Premier League match between his former local club Waterhouse and Montego Bay United earlier this week. Clearly in high spirits, Mattocks, who has scored 12 goals in 31 appearances for the Reggae Boyz, says he feels absolutely ready for the commitment. “I think from a young age, I have been a responsible person as I have been living on my own since age 18,” said Mattocks. “As I get older, there are different things I want in life, and this is one of them. I’m looking forward to being a father for the first time,” Mattocks noted, while sharing a bit about his relationship with his significant other. “I’m with a special female. She is a wonderful person, someone to spend my life with, so I’m really excited. I know that I’m going to do a very good job. I take care of my entire family, so this (baby) is an extension,” he said. Mattock is a graduate of Bridgeport High in Portmore and also spent two years at Akron University in the United States. He was drafted into the MLS in 2012 and has represented Vancouver Whitecaps based in Canada since. He has made 93 appearances and scored 19 times for the MLS outfit.
An off-duty correction officer of Guyanese parentage was shot and killed in a possible road rage incident in Queens, New York early Friday morning, according to the New York Post.It was reported that 27-year-old Jonathan Narain was in his 2013 maroon Honda Accord on his way to work at Rikers Island when a motorcyclist blasted him once in the head on 120th Street and 103rd Avenue in Richmond Hill at about 01:45h.According to the New York Post, Narain had just stopped at a store to pick up food before his life was cut short. Emergency responders rushed the correction officer, who had nearly two years on the job, to the Jamaica Hospital – less than a mile away from his home – where he was pronounced dead.The article detailed that NYPD Chief of Citywide Investigations, William Aubry, said surveillance footage from the scene revealed that the victim was making a U-turn when he had an initial encounter with the motorcyclist. Moments later, the motorcyclist pulled up alongside Narain’s car, which was stopped at a traffic light.“There was a short exchange of what we believe was a conversation — very, veryDead Jonathan Narainshort, only seconds — and then the shot was fired,” Aubry said.The suspect, whom Police described as a dark-skinned man wearing dark clothing and a helmet, shot Narain one time in the left temple before fleeing, the news entity said.It went on to note that the Police say Narain was armed at the time, but his gun was not out. Authorities do not believe that the fatal attack was work-related.Hours after the shooting, Narain’s devastated mother – a retired school cook for the Department of Education — showed up to the scene and gazed at the Honda in which her son died. “His mom is really taking it hard. Everybody is taking it hard. We have a big family, and none of us expected this,” said Narain’s cousin, Kevin Ramdhani, 29.Ramdhani called Narain “a good guy” and “a good cousin.”“We grew up together, doing things, playing laser tag…I’m just really sad right now. I still don’t believe it,” he said. “I saw him in the hospital and I still don’t believe it. I told him to wake up, open his eyes, talk to me — even though I knew he was gone.”Narain, a Hindu with Guyanese roots, who was active with his madrasa in East New York, Brooklyn, had dreams of joining the NYPD, and had recently passed an entrance exam, Ramdhani said, noting that Narain “loved” working for the Department of Correction.“He loved it, that job. He couldn’t stop talking about it,” Ramdhani recalled. “I would be like, ‘Doesn’t it feel like you’re in jail?’ and he’d be like, ‘No. I love my job.’ He loved the idea of keeping order and upholding the law.”Ramdhani described Narain as “a go-getter.”“That’s always been his MO,” said Ramdhani. “He came a long way — bachelor’s degree in business. I looked up to him, and he was younger than me. A lot of people don’t have motivation like he had.”According to the New York Post, the Department of Correction Commissioner Cynthia Brann said in a statement: “The entire Department of Correction is grieving this morning upon learning of the tragic shooting death of an off-duty Correction Officer. My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences go out to the officer’s family, friends, and colleagues throughout the department. We are in close communication with the NYPD.”Narain’s killer remains at large, the news entity said.