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Florida A&M women's basketball player, Shannon Washington, stabbed to death

Shannon Washington, a Florida A&M women's basketball player, died early Sunday morning after being stabbed in the neck by a friend in her apartment during an argument. Florida police have charged her friend with first-degree murder.

The friend, Starquineshia Palmer, was visiting Washington this weekend and was in the apartment when Tallahassee, Florida, officer arrived on the scene at 2 a.m. Washington was taken to Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee after receiving medical care at the scene, according to police officials.

Washington had transferred from Illinois Valley Community College to FAMU and was set to play her first season. Last year she was considered one of the top JUCO guards in the nation.

''Our hearts and prayers go out to Shannon's family and members of the Lady Rattlers Basketball Team,” FAMU President James H. Ammons said in a statement. "For Shannon to be killed in the prime of her life is tragic and senseless. She had so much promise as a student athlete."

A vigil is scheduled Sunday night in Washington’s honor. FAMU also plans to have grief counselors available to meet with FAMU students, athletes and coaches.

"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," FAMU women's basketball coach LeDawn Gibson said. "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."

Shannon Washington was from Sarasota, Florida. She helped the Eagles team reach the national junior college tournament for both of the seasons she was with the team.

Athletes throughout the women’s basketball community have mourned the loss of this young woman and her promising career.

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