LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Teammates of Marcus Mondaine gathered Tuesday with the family of the murdered basketball player on the campus of the University of Saint Mary.
Mondaine, 23, was killed as he slept with his girlfriend’s 1-year-old child lying in bed next to him over the weekend in Kansas City.
He was a straight "A" student, and the only man in his class majoring in Health Information Management.
“He will always be our vice president, he will always be part of the six as we graduate and take him through this year with us, we love him he’s part of our family,” one female student said.
The brotherhood most people knew Mondaine by was the University of St. Mary basketball team.
His teammates came to the memorial mass in their dark warmup jerseys. Still too emotional, they asked their assistant dean of students, Lisa Potoka, to read statements on their behalf.
“This is has by far been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do, that and trying to out rebound Marcus,” the players' statement read.
His Athletic Director Robert Miller called him the glue that held the team together. They gathered around his photo and jerseys at the altar to bless the #0 navy and gold jerseys before giving them to his grieving family along with a yellow rose.
Wearing a shirt with Mondaine’s basketball photo and the words “Forever in My Heart” his aunt reminded them though he’ll never take another shot, he’ll be part of the team this season.
“He loved you guys, he loved you all, and I want each of you to know to keep running up and down the court as if Marcus is running with you because he is running with you," Tracy Moore said.
Damon Hammons, 21, has been charged with murdering Mondaine, but has yet to be captured. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Hotline at 816 474 TIPS.