Posted by Ryan Wilson
Flordia A&M women's basketball player Shannon Washington was killed early Sunday morning after an argument with friend Starquineshia Palmer, according to the Tallahassee Police Department.
The Famuan reports that TPD officers arrived at the residence in question at approximately 2:05 a.m., after a stabbing had been reported. They found Washington with a stab wound in her neck from a kitchen knife. She was treated by the officers on the scene until medics arrived, then transferred to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Palmer, 20, had traveled from Central Florida to visit the victim for the weekend and was still in the apartment when officers arrived. She was later detained and charged with first-degree murder.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to Shannon's family and members of the Lady Rattlers Basketball Team," said FAMU President James H. Ammons in a press release. "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."
"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."
Washington, a Sarasota, Fla., native, was a junior college transfer from Illinois Valley Community College where she scored 1,101 points and led the Eagles to two Region IV championships and two trips to the NJCAA championships. Washington also led IVCC with 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds a game and ranked 11th nationally in assists (5.3) and 17th in steals (3.5). In her two years at IVCC, Washington led the Eagles to a 57-12 record.
A memorial ceremony was to be held in her honor Sunday night.