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King University officials honor memory of athlete slain in downtown Johnson City

March 24th, 2014 4:16 pm by Staff Report

King University officials honor memory of athlete slain in downtown Johnson City

DeShaun Wesley Greer (Contributed/King University)

BRISTOL — King University has provided the Johnson City Press with statements from its interim president, athletic director and basketball coach regarding the death of student DeShaun Wesley Greer, a former King basketball player killed in a multiple shooting in Sunday morning in downtown Johnson City.

"The King University community, including its students, faculty, and staff, are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our own,
DeShaun Greer. DeShaun was a well-loved student with a positive attitude and
determination to succeed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family in this
time of need."

— Dr. Richard Ray, interim president for King University.

"It’s heartbreaking to see such a bright young life end in
such a tragic manner. Our prayers are with DeShaun’s family and friends. Our
immediate reaction is to keep DeShaun’s family in our prayers and reach out to
meet their immediate needs. Coach Pitts and others from the King community have
reached out to the family and we are ready to serve in any manner we are able."

— David Hicks, director of athletics for King.

"DeShaun Greer played as hard as anyone that I have coached
in my eight years at King. He was a true teammate in every sense of the word
and was one of the most likable players on the team. DeShaun was a bright young
man who will be missed badly by the King University men’s basketball team. Our
heart and prayers go out to his parents, Stanley and Kim, and to his
girlfriend, Heavenly."

— George Pitts, head men’s basketball coach.


Greer’s brother, Jamison Lewis Greer, 20, also of 1412 E. Cedar St., Bristol, Va., was also shot in the parking lot outside The Battery, located at 601 Spring St., about 3 a.m. Sunday. The Greers were taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment, where DeShaun Greer was pronounced dead.

Two other men also were wounded. Bystanders detained Jamarcus L. Jackson, who was later charged with murder and attempted murder among other charges. He was arraigned Monday in Washington County Sessions Court.

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