Hartlepool United defender Romoney Crichlow-Noble, 20, is being comforted by his team mates after his mother was attacked and killed in Barbados.
Natalie Crichlow, 44, was visiting family in the West Indies when she was doused in flammable liquid and set alight by unknown intruder in a bedroom on July 28.
Romoney Crichlow-Noble has thanked friends, family and sports fans for their “immense” support.
The player, who is on loan at the North East side from Huddersefield Town, tweeted: “Honestly the support my family and I have received the last week has been immense, I can only thank not only the people around me but also all the fans. Thank you!”
Ms Crichlow, who had survived cancer twice and had two strokes in the past decade, was on a trip to help look after her disabled brother.
No arrests have been made, a spokesman for the Royal Barbados Police Force said.
Hartlepool United’s chief executive Mark Maguire said that everyone at the football club was “devastated” by the death and they are offering sincere condolences andsupport to the player.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Our staff are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Barbados, and are in contact with the Barbados police force."