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UPDATE: VI student Nathaniel Isaac Jr laid to rest

- VI student studying in the UK was found dead in his dormitory on January 5, 2018
Nathaniel Isaac Jr aka ‘NJ’ was laid to rest on Saturday February 17, 2018 following funeral at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff's Bottom, Tortola. Photo: Team of Reporters
A number of persons turned up at Save the Seed Energy Centre on February 17, 2018 to give their final respects to Mr Nathaniel Isaac Jr. Photo: Team of Reporters
A number of persons turned up at Save the Seed Energy Centre on February 17, 2018 to give their final respects to Mr Nathaniel Isaac Jr. Photo: Team of Reporters
The funeral booklet for the late Nathaniel Isaac Jr. Photo: Team of Reporters
The funeral booklet for the late Nathaniel Isaac Jr. Photo: Team of Reporters
Mr Nathaniel Issac Jr aka 'NJ', a graduate of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), was a freshman at Manchester Metropolitan College in the United Kingdom where he was studying Business and Computer Engineering. Photo: Facebook
Mr Nathaniel Issac Jr aka 'NJ', a graduate of H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC), was a freshman at Manchester Metropolitan College in the United Kingdom where he was studying Business and Computer Engineering. Photo: Facebook
Virgin Islands' student at Manchester Metropolitan University, Nathaniel Isaac Jr was found dead in his dorm room by police early this morning, January 5, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
Virgin Islands' student at Manchester Metropolitan University, Nathaniel Isaac Jr was found dead in his dorm room by police early this morning, January 5, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI- Nathaniel Isaac Jr aka ‘NJ’, the Virgin Islands’ student who was found dead at a dormitory belonging to Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom in January, was laid to rest on Saturday February 17, 2018.

The funeral was held at Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola. Burial took place at Sailor's Burial Ground, West End.

Isaac Jr, 20, was on a government scholarship studying at Manchester Metropolitan University but was found dead at the institution's halls of residence by police on the morning of January 5, 2018.

He was a first year student reading for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Technology.

The cause of his death is still unclear to this news site.

Hard worker & go-getter

Among the hundreds at Isaac Jr’s funeral was Minister for Education and Culture, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), who said in his tribute that from his early tertiary days at the Hamilton Lavity Stoutt Community College, ‘NJ’ had proven himself to be a hard worker and a go-getter.

“He excelled academically during this time and frequently found himself on the Dean’s and President’s lists.”

Hon Walwyn added that Isaac Jr had a strong commitment to furthering his studies and building his career and in the Fall Semester of 2017 he commenced his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Technology at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

“Although he started later than his fellow classmates, 'NJ' adjusted quickly and even managed to score top of his class for assignments. He was always willing to receive constructive criticism and act accordingly.”

Well-mannered & charming

It was said too that the late Virgin Islands scholarship student was known to be vocal and very opinionated among his university peers and as such he was elected to serve as class representative and was the voice of over seventy students at Manchester Metropolitan University.

“NJ made an impact on the lives of many with whom he came in contact. His optimism, well-mannered and charming characteristics were addictive. He went above and beyond expectations in all aspects of his life. He will surely be missed,” Hon Walwyn stated.

The hero during Irma

According to the Eulogy, after selecting the University of his choice, ‘NJ’ and his father were scheduled to travel to the UK to begin another chapter in his life, the very week-end of Hurricane Irma. However, Irma left him and his family without a roof and windows and wreaked havoc on the inside of all three floors. As a family, they were all thankful that everyone survived as material things can be replaced. “’NJ’ was actually the hero in all this as he was the one who steered them when and where to go. He also helped prevent his father from possibly losing his life or one of his hands, which got caught between the French doors.”

It was also stated in the Eulogy that ‘NJ’ so wanted to stay and help with the hurricane recovery until at least December and head for university in January. However, the school called and informed him that he had to register by October 6, 2017 or he would have to wait until September 2018, as they do not accept freshmen in January.

“Thanks to Irma, his clothes in the two suitcases which were already neatly packed and ready to go, got all soiled and had to be hand washed, lined dry and packed all over again. Once he secured travelling arrangements, his parents gave him their blessings and he departed for the UK on September 24, 2017.

“God took him there safely and he was all settled and doing great in his classes. His family is indeed thankful to God for having lent him to them for twenty beautiful years which they will forever cherish. They would especially miss their early morning and late evening chats with ‘NJ’. However, God is in control and He knows the reason why He took him home at such a young age, with such a promising future ahead of him,” according to the Eulogy delivered by his best friend, Deuron Noel.

‘NJ’ leaves to mourn his father Nathaniel Isaac Sr, mother Gurda Isaac, sisters Nathalie, Goia and Natalia and many other relatives and friends.

See previous article published January 5, 2018

Local student Nathaniel Issac Jr found dead in UK dormitory

Word reaching our newsroom is that a student from the Virgin Islands (VI) who was on a government scholarship studying at Manchester Metropolitan University was found dead at the institution's halls of residence by police early this morning, January 5, 2018.

Mr Nathaniel Issac Jr aka 'NJ', a first year student, was 20 years of age and was studying Business and Computer Engineering.

His parents are from West End, Tortola where he also resided prior to going abroad to study.

The cause of death is unknown at this time; however, both campus police and the local metropolitan police are investigating.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Police were called to Oxford Court, on Stretford Road, in Hulme, this morning by ambulance service.

"Officers arrived to the scene at 10:00 A.M. and discovered the body of a man.

Great Manchester Police said the man's family has been informed.

It said his death is not being treated as suspicious and a file was passed to the coroner.

A spokesman for Manchester Metropolitan University said: ”It is with great sadness that we can confirm the death of a student in halls of residence.

“Our thoughts are with family and friends at this difficult time.

“Professionally trained counselling staff are offering support to students and staff affected and the University has offered assistance to the student’s family."

22 Responses to “UPDATE: VI student Nathaniel Isaac Jr laid to rest”

  • dd (05/01/2018, 15:00) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad
  • ccc (05/01/2018, 15:24) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is such sad news
  • wow (05/01/2018, 15:45) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
    the year has begun and it brings with it the good the bad and ugly.We gonna have them all but there is hope ahead.All we have to do is trust in the Lord always. Just read of a young man also 20 yrs drowned in St Kitts .My sympathy to the families.
  • chat (05/01/2018, 17:21) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    We need to pray for our children so sad
  • Cuz (05/01/2018, 17:26) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip you will be missed
  • very sad (05/01/2018, 17:44) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lord we beg for your mercy
  • @very sad (05/01/2018, 17:57) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    I joined in your our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to give guidance and protection over our lives. We bow down and accept your tender mercies. God bless this young man's family.
  • Blessed (05/01/2018, 19:16) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rest in Peace.. Dont give up hope, keep Trusting in God He will always provide for You He will NEVER give you more than You can bear.God Bless the Parents.
  • Moms in Prayer (05/01/2018, 19:40) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
    I think it will be good for the BVI to have a similar program like SKB do on Freedom Radio as every 6:30 am a group of mothers prayer for the nations children and the nation on a whole. Yes we need not only to prayer for ourselves but also for others. Prayer does wonders so let us continue to lift up each other in prayer.
  • wize up (05/01/2018, 19:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the young ones leaving us as well my the great God of the universe be of comfort to his home circle
  • wow (05/01/2018, 20:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is sooooooo sad
  • VI to The Bone (06/01/2018, 00:09) Like (0) Dislike (24) Reply
    So Sad yes but the bald head minsters who had doing things.... Talk about that
  • My Dear (06/01/2018, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (14) Reply
    can't image my son doing this may god bless him soul and the parents and keep them strong
    • Family Member (06/01/2018, 15:10) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      Doing what you "ARSE".....what exactly are you implying?!
      • @ family member (05/03/2018, 05:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        As a family member also that had to “fish” LETS NOT PRETEND IT IS NOT SUICIDE.
  • A mother’’s cry (06/01/2018, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (22) Reply
    Dear Heavenly Father, I pray this family can grieve with acceptance in their heart through this time of losing a son. May I ask though, was it suicide?
    • Queen (06/01/2018, 19:42) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      No it wasn't
    • @amother'scry (07/01/2018, 12:10) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please let us lift up the Isaacs at this very difficult time and pray for strength. Fishing for info at this time is not a good idea. Everyone understands curiosity, but we have to ask God to help us to grow in grace and to worship him in spirit and truth in 2018 and beyond.
  • Cuz (06/01/2018, 13:42) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    RIP NJ
  • A UK parent (08/01/2018, 13:58) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just very sad a young life taken from us
  • west (19/02/2018, 18:05) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meet you in heaven
    • Heavebusay! (20/02/2018, 10:08) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Paradise is a better place. Not heaven with milk and honey eating all day. Someone bound to get the sh**ting.


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