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When the second round of player tryouts for Indy Eleven got underway last Thursday, a roster of 37 players was set to take the field … but only 36 were on hand to participate. Head Coach Juergen Sommer delayed the warm-up period for 15 minutes in the hopes that the 37thinvitee, Felix Achoch, would make it in time. However, the Indianapolis native – by way of Nairobi, Kenya – and Ivy Tech student was not to show up to Carroll Stadium that day.
Achoch was recommended to Indy Eleven by, among others, friend James Cormack, who was on hand last Thursday, anxious to see the youngster show off his attacking skills against and alongside the other Indy Eleven hopefuls. Cormack explained Felix’s absence as nothing short of out of character – the opportunity to trial for his new hometown club was something he could hardly stop talking about. Little could James have known that, on the prior Sunday, the 21-year-old Achoch had been hospitalized at Methodist Hospital after being severely beaten by a group of men outside of a nightclub.
Nor could he have known that he would succumb to those injuries after eight days on life-support. Just like that, a shy, talented youngster, loved by so many and with so much potential, was taken from his friends and family in senseless fashion.
Upon hearing the news, Indy Eleven President Peter Wilt gave the following statement: “The loss of any young person is hard to bare. Felix was a promising member of the local soccer community, which will miss him. Indy Eleven expresses its sincere condolences to his family and friends.”
To help cover substantial medical bills and funeral costs, Cormack and Huss Sadri, Achoch’s club coach for CIASA Premier League team Indy Inter FC, have set up an online fundraiser where people are encouraged to donate anything they can spare to assist Felix’s family. In addition, friends and family will hold a prayer vigil in Felix’s honor on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and a family fundraiser will be held on Sunday afternoon at Northwestway Park. The funeral for Felix Achoch will be held on Saturday, August 10 at the Stuart Funeral Home (2201 N. Illinois) at 2:00 p.m.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have video or observed the incident to call the IMPD Homicide Unit at 317-327-3375 or Crime Stoppers of Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477). Callers can also text “INDYCS” plus tip information to 274627 (CRIMES).
Rest In Peace, Felix.
Sad to hear.
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