Sean Gibson

‘WE LOST A GEM’:  Sean Gibson 

Trinidad and Tobago Special Olympics athlete Sean Gibson, 34, has been found dead.

Police suspect he was murdered.

His body was discovered at the back of a Woodland vegetable stall along M2 Link Road on Saturday morning by the owner of the stall who came to set up his place for business at 8.10 a.m.

He called the police.

The face of the gold medallist and former football captain appeared to have been bashed in, police said.

Amid a flood of tears, Candice Gibson, sister of the Special Olympian, shared the family’s hurt and pain in an interview with the Express yesterday.

“We are in shock. We are distraught. My parents (Ulric and Christina Gibson) are so distraught. He did not have any enemies. His life (Sean Gibson) was his family and work,” she said.

The sentiment of coaches Clarence Shepherd and Davan Mahadeo was “Sean was a gem and a leader.”

Gibson also leaves to mourn his other siblings Roger, Sheldon and Roxanne. He was never married and had no children. Gibson had the distinction of representing Trinidad and Tobago at football and floor hockey in countries like China and Austria. In 2015, Gibson’s biggest accomplishment was copping gold in football at the Los Angeles Special Olympics’ World Summer Games.

Found out online

Struggling to come to terms with Gibson’s death, Candice Gibson said: “Our parents were about to make a police report. On the way to the police, we got a tip off, he was at Woodland. We were introduced to images on social media. We found out online. When we looked at what he was wearing, we knew it was our Sean. We are so sad.”