FAMU Basketball Player Dies After Being Stabbed in the Neck

September 4, 2011

Shannon Washington

Your Black World reports

A Florida A&M basketball player died early Sunday morning after being stabbed in the neck, according to school officials.  Shannon Washington was treated at the scene and died at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.

Starquineshia Palmer, a 20-year old woman, is being detained and charged with first-degree murder.  She was visiting Washington for the weekend, according to police.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to Shannon’s family and members of the Lady Rattlers Basketball Team," said Florida A&M president James H. Ammons. "For Shannon to be killed in the prime of her life is tragic and senseless. She had so much promise as a student athlete. This is a great loss for the university and our athletic program."

Washington was an All-American shooting guard at Illinois Valley Community College before she transferred to FAMU.

"It is truly a trying situation to lose a student-athlete that has come to us to further her education and excel at her sport," said Florida A&M coach LeDawn Gibson. "As a coach, this is the kind of incident you just hope you never have to deal with — the death of one of your players at such a young age."

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  4. Sis Cookie Says:

    My sincere condolences to Shannon’s family. May she rest in peace.

  5. jerry Washington Says:

    What happened?? To both parents I grieve with you all….

  6. Rita Mosley Says:

    My sincere condolences to Shannon’s family. May she rest in peace

  7. Trisha Parrish Says:

    So sad. Why do negroes feel the need to kill each other? Male or female, this kind of senseless killing of our own needs to stop! Please people!

  8. Rita Mosley Says:

    Amen, Trisha real talk.

  9. Anonymous Says:

    For the same reason negroes will not support a negro business, IGNORANCE….

  10. james pinkard Says:

    Young black boys have started a trend of killing and murdering each other for little or nothing–I pray this incident is one of isolation b/c this is the last thing our race need is for our black women to follow in the footsteps of their male peers.

  11. Cape Says:

    The article didn’t address, why this senseless death happened! Why????

  12. Midnightstar 2028 Says:

    This is so Heartbreaking to hear. Much love and and comfort to the family of that young woman.


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