A Berks County man has been identified as the victim of a deadly stabbing in the Bahamas.
Officials with the Oley Valley Youth League told 69 News that the league's president, Carl Yerger, of Ruscombmanor Township, was stabbed late Thursday night.
Yerger served as president of the Oley Valley Youth League for a little more than a year.
The league has suspended all of its games for this weekend out of respect for Yerger.
The Oley Valley Youth League Board of Directors issued the following statement Friday:
"The Oley Valley Youth League is very sad to announce that we have lost a great man today, our friend, president, and benefactor, Carl Yerger. Carl led the Youth League since December of 2012. In that time, he inspired everyone he met and energized the small but tight knit sports community of Oley.
Forward thinking, intelligent, and thoughtful, Carl volunteered endless hours as he began to modernize the sports programs and nonprofit model of the Youth League. Carl demonstrated every quality we could ask for in a leader. He was unique, caring, ambitious, detailed, organized, courageous, a problem solver, and mediator. He was patient and a great man that led with his words and more importantly with his actions. He led with class and a smile. His efforts earned him the support and loyalty of both new and long-time volunteers and coaches.
Carl was also an outstanding coach. His players and the parents respected his coaching abilities and appreciated his down-to-earth no nonsense approach to teaching children to play baseball and basketball and to love the games. Carl not only coached his boys, but also could be found on the sideline of any given baseball, basketball, or soccer game enjoying watching the children learn to play sports and develop the types of skills and behaviors that he knew would enable them to one day improve our society.
The Oley Valley Youth League sends our deepest condolences and prayers to his loving wife and family."
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