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Tributes paid after sudden death of promising university basketball player, 21

AN American university mourning the shocking sudden death of a promising young athlete.

Jackson State University identified the 21-year-old student, Geronimo Warner, who ‘died unexpectedly’, officials in Mississippi said.

The institution announced Mr Warner’s death on Wednesday, saying that the university is mourning the loss of one of its students.

Mr Warner was a management major from Phoenix and a guard on the JSU men’s basketball from 2019-22. He was also a member of the SWAC regular season title-winning team in 2021.

Former Jackson State basketball coach Wayne Brent has paid tribute to Mr Warner, remembering him as a hard worker, respectful, and willing to do anything for the coaching staff.

Brent retired after nine seasons with the Tigers following the 2021-22 season, reports Clarion Ledger.

“Geronimo was a great kid who came to JSU three years ago from Piney Woods High School looking for an opportunity to pursue his dreams of playing basketball on the Division I level,” Brent said.

“He always had a great spirit and enjoyed being at JSU. He will truly be missed.”

He continued: “He didn’t want to be a regular student. He wanted to be a student-athlete. I think it was a perfect fit. His teammates really enjoyed him and you can tell a lot about a kid by the way his teammates deal with him.

“It was always positive. With a kid that doesn’t play a lot and his teammates like him, that kid is a good teammate.”

Mr Warner appeared in three games during his three seasons as a guard at Jackson State but was not on the 2022-23 roster, according to the JSU men’s basketball page.

JSU’s statement included the following: “Jackson State University mourns the loss of Geronimo Warner.

“We send thoughts of comfort, understanding, and compassion during this difficult time.

“We encourage any member of our campus community in need of grief support to contact the Latasha Norman Center for Counseling Services.

“Please keep the family and friends of Geronimo Warner in your prayers.”


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    • Polo

      10 November 2022 • 19:28

      Was he vaccinated? Too many stories such as these are popping up all over the place. Ironically it’s not affecting the unjabbed.

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