In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2022
Houston Baptist College is mourning the lack of one among their very own.
On June 20, the school confirmed basketball participant Darius Lee died of a gunshot wound after a capturing at a gathering in his hometown of Harlem, New York.
“We’re devastated. Darius was a exceptional younger man who cherished the Lord, his mother, his household, his teammates, his buddies and his total HBU household,” James Sears Bryant head males’s basketball coach Ron Cottrell mentioned in a press release from the school. “We’re in shock and can’t wrap our heads round this information. My coronary heart breaks for his mother, his sister and his total household, and for our basketball staff. The one factor we discover consolation in proper now’s understanding the place Darius is. He’s within the arms of Jesus…we all know that as reality. And we’ll see him once more some day.”
Whereas Coach Cottrell praised Lee as an incredible basketball participant, “he was an excellent higher individual. I am unable to even consider basketball proper now. I can solely consider what a lightweight Darius was throughout his quick time on earth. He was a pleasure to educate and we cherished him a lot.”
In keeping with New York Police, officers responded to a 911 name of photographs fired simply after midnight on June 20. Upon arrival, officers noticed 9 individuals on scene with gunshot wounds; seven males and two females.
Whereas a firearm was recovered on scene, no arrests have been made and the investigation stays ongoing as of press time.
The college’s director of athletics Steve Moniaci mentioned in a press release that the incident is, “sadly, but once more, one other instance of the mindless gun violence that appears to be plaguing our nation proper now and all of us pray it would stop.”
“Our prayers are together with his household first and most significantly, but in addition together with his buddies, coaches, and teammates,” Moniaci added. “He was a really fantastic younger man who had a really vivid future in entrance of him each on and off the courtroom.”
In keeping with HBU, Lee was on monitor to graduate together with his bachelor’s diploma in December and was lately named HBU Robbie Robertson Male Scholar-Athlete of the 12 months.
He was a second staff All-Southland Convention choice for the 2021-22 season and led the Huskies in scoring and rebounding and was sixth within the nation in steals per recreation.
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