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Local Soccer Star Killed in Car Crash

Photo credit: Joao Vieira/Joao Vieira Photography

Photo credit: Joao Vieira/Joao Vieira Photography

Former Rhode Island Reds and East Providence Sports forward Armando Gomes was killed early Saturday morning after he was involved in a three-car accident on I-95 in Providence, R.I. He was 26.

According to police report, Gomes was driving in the wrong direction on I-95 near Point Street at about 4:30am before his car collided with another vehicle. A third vehicle was also involved. Gomes was pronounced dead at the scene while a second person had to be extricated from another vehicle, and is listed in serious, but stable condition. A third person escaped without serious injuries.

Gomes, a resident of North Providence, R.I., was one of the attacking catalysts of the dominant East Providence Sports squads that won numerous accolades in recent years. His golden boot-winning 2010 season helped the club claim the LUSA league championship. In 2012, his attacking prowess allowed the club to win both the LUSA Cup and Super Cup tournaments.

Following the 2012 season, the squad reached the State Final of the U.S. Open Cup tournament, a game in which Gomes and his East Providence teammates fell short when the game went to penalties.

Gomes joined the NPSL’s Rhode Island Reds in 2013. He scored three goals and collected two assists for the Reds in 2014.

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