Ming: schoolchildren witnessed tourist death
A 50-year-old tourist from New York who died after collapsing yesterday outside the Unfinished Church in St George’s has been named by police as Frank Marzocca.
A spokesman offered condolences to Mr Marzocca’s family, who are being assisted by a family liaison officer.
According to local MP Renée Ming, the incident was witnessed by children from St George’s Preparatory School. Foul play was not suspected, but an autopsy is to be performed.
Police say the medical emergency was reported at about 3.30pm.
The man was tended by family along with members of the public until help arrived.
Life-saving efforts continued as Mr Marzocca was taken by ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, but he was subsequently pronounced dead.
In a statement today, Ms Ming, the Progressive Labour Party MP for St George’s North, said: “Death is a difficult thing to deal with even for the toughest adult. Explaining to your three children that their father has died seems impossible.
“My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Frank Marzocca who was visiting the town of St George’s with his family.
“Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I understand that several children from the neighbouring St George’s Preparatory School witnessed the unfortunate incident.
“I will personally be reaching out to the principal, Ms Smith, to ensure that the children are OK.
“I applaud the efforts of our Emergency Response Services who collectively did all they could in their respective roles to preserve life. Thank you all for your professionalism and efforts.”
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