Thursday, March 3 2011 6:09 PM EST2011-03-03 23:09:10 GMT
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Two thousand members of the Middle Tennessee State University community mourned the death of Tina Stewart, a basketball player murdered Wednesday night at an off-campus apartment.
They came to the Murphy Center for a vigil Thursday for the ceremony that featured music and friend and classmates talking about their memories of Stewart.
"In the locker room, she was a the humor of the locker room, always cutting and talking in the locker room. We just want to remember the good things about Tina," said teammate Anne Marie Lanning.
You could see the pain caused by Stewart's death in her teammate's face and you could hear it in her boyfriend's voice.
"It's hard to remember the good things when you know they could have been forever. But I know I have a guardian angel in the sky," KC Anuna said. He is also a member of the MTSU Men's basketball team.
Flowers were placed in her memory outside the gym where Stewart had played in so many games
Before the vigil, members of the Blue Raiders basketball teams talked with the media about the tragedy.
Members of the MTSU men's and women's basketball teams stood on the stage and talked about the teammate they thought so much of.
Stewart was a Junior guard for the lady Raiders, and had practiced with the team hours before she was killed.
The team is scheduled to play in a tournament this weekend. Only minutes before they came into the gym, Stewart's teammates made the tough decision to play Sunday in Hot Spring Arkansas.
Police arrested Tina Stewart's roommate, Shanterrica Madden, for her murder. Police said the pair got into an argument, and Tina was stabbed multiple times. She died Wednesday night at the hospital.