lorida A&M University (FAMU) is mourning the loss of Shannon Washington, a student and women’s basketball player.
hearts and prayers go out to Shannon’s family and members of the Lady
Rattlers Basketball Team,” said FAMU 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.”
Student Government Association will have a vigil tonight at 8:30 p.m. at
the FAMU Eternal Flame to celebrate the life of Washington.
to the Tallahassee Police Department (TPD), they responded to a report
of a stabbing at 3025 South Adams Street, Sunday, September 4, at
approximately 2:03 a.m. Officers located the victim, Washington, in the
apartment with a knife wound to her neck. The victim was initially
treated by TPD officers on the scene until EMS arrived. She was then
transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where she succumbed to her
A suspect, Starquineshia Palmer, 20, was
detained and transported to TPD where she was interviewed and
subsequently charged with first degree murder. Palmer was visiting
Washington for the weekend, noted TPD.
was a standout basketball player at Illinois Valley Community College
(IVCC) earning All-American honors both seasons at IVCC. A native of
Sarasota, Fla., her success at IVCC earned her the distinction of having
a replica of her jersey to be honored in the Women's Basketball Hall of
Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Washington transferred to FAMU and was
expected to play this fall as a shooting guard.
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 LeDawn Gibson,
FAMU’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach. “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.”
closeness of the students, coaches and staff at FAMU Athletics
resembles that of a family,” said Derek Horne, FAMU’s director of
Athletics. “Losing a family member is never easy. Our task now is to
make sure we learn from this, and make as much effort at preparing our
student athletes for all situations that may occur.”
TPD Victim Advocates have been working with the FAMU Athletic Department, and the victim’s teammates.