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Jermain Defoe ‘shocked’ by stabbing of 70-year-old cousin

Neil Lancefield

Published 21/12/2011 | 09:33

England footballer Jermain Defoe said today that he was "shocked and saddened" after his cousin was stabbed to death.

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It is understood Allan Edgar, who was in his 70s, was knifed in the neck during a robbery in St Lucia.

Defoe, who is a striker for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, said: "I am shocked and saddened by the tragic news of my cousin's murder in the close-knit town which my family is from in St Lucia.

"I want to again highlight the desperate need for us to pull together - the world over - to tackle knife crime and teach everyone how sacred a life is."

His mother, Sandra St Helen, from Chigwell, Essex, said: "It was a very close relative. I was with my cousin a couple of months ago. We are a big family."

Mr Edgar was the 29-year-old footballer's first cousin twice removed.

Defoe's half-brother, Jade, 26, was killed in a street attack in April 2009. He died from head injuries four days after being attacked in Leytonstone, east London.

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