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Former West Monroe basketball star remembered after deadly shooting

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 10:56 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A former West Monroe basketball star was killed after a deadly shooting in Monroe.

According to the Monroe Police Dept., officers responded to a shooting in the 300 block of Jason Drive on Jan. 4, 2020, just before 7:30 p.m. Police say they found two people outside of a home. Both had been shot.

Police say 23-year-old Samarius Colquitt died as a result of her wounds. The other victim was airlifted to a regional hospital and is in serious but stable condition.

“I called my mother’s phone, but my sister answered the phone and she said she was gone. I just lost myself. That way my first best friend, my first, and I know I’ll never get anybody like her ever again,” Tatiyana Colquitt said.

Samarius was a former player at West Monroe High School and helped lead the team to an undefeated district title in 2015. Her former coach John Green said she was one of the most consistent shooters he’s ever coached.

“You know you just don’t want to believe it,” Green said. “She went on to play college basketball. She played at Bossier Parish Community College, finished there, graduated, and coached a year there. Their coach called me today and he was told me he was so lucky to spend those two or three years there that he couldn’t get over it.”

Colquitt’s sister said she was the glue that kept their family together. They’re now pleading for anyone with information to come forward.

“Meme’s life mattered to a lot of people. So at this point our family is trying to go hard to get whoever killed Meme off the street. We want the police to do their job,” Nyah’lette Colquitt said.

Anyone with information on this shooting is asked to call the Monroe Police Department at 318-329-2600 or contact Crime Stoppers of North Delta by calling (318) 388-CASH (2274), www.crimestoppersnorthdelta.com or download the P3 Tips app on your smartphone.

A cash reward of up to $2,000 is possible for information leading to an arrest and/or an indictment. Police say your information remains confidential and you never have to leave your name and you never appear in court.

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