WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The Cape Fear community continues to honor the legacy of Carly Baron after she was shot and killed last Halloween.
Tonight, Eugene Ashley High School, where Baron attended and played basketball, retired her jersey during halftime of the women’s varsity game against Laney High.
“I keep her memory in spirit and passion to live on in our gym, and that is with playing with heart, playing together, and love being out on the court,” Ashley women’s basketball coach Adrienne Gale said.
At halftime, Gale gave a heartfelt speech about Baron’s love for the game, and presented her family with a framed jersey with Baron’s name on it.
“She pushed her teammates to be their best on and off the court. she served as a great and loving daughter,” Gale said to the crowd.
After graduating from Ashley, Baron moved on and played one year of college ball at Cape Fear Community College under head coach Lori Drake.
Drake and the Sea Devils retired Baron’s college jersey and number, 24, back in November, just weeks after Baron’s death.
“It was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do,” Drake said, “To stand in front of an entire family, they were just forever grateful.”
Baron was just 23 when she was murdered. 21-year-old Jaquan Jackson is charged with killing her. Police say Jackson shot Baron when a verbal altercation turned violent.