Local soccer community mourns the loss of St. Frances Academy star Lamar Patterson – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The local soccer community is mourning the loss of St. Frances Academy soccer star Lamar Patterson, who died in an accident with an MTA Light Rail train in Linthicum on Wednesday, police said.

A native of Florida, Patterson was rated a 3-star receiver by 247Sports.com and has reportedly received offers from Penn State, Arizona State, West Virginia and Boston College, among other schools.

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On Jan. 31, Patterson tweeted a photo of himself wearing a Virginia Tech uniform after visiting head coach Brent Pry.

One of Patterson’s last posts on Hudl, a social media platform for high school athletes, included highlights of the speedster finding the end zone on screen passes, flight routes and sweeps. of jets.

Following news of Patterson’s passing, members of the local football community began mourning the loss of the junior on social media and posting their condolences.

St. Frances Academy head coach Messay Hailemariam tweeted ‘Please wake us up from this nightmare’ and said Patterson was ‘in heaven with my other jerk Aaron Wilson’, the team’s defensive end who is believed to have died last April after a battle with cancer.

Biff Poggi, the former St. Frances head coach who is now on staff at the University of Michigan, tweeted that Patterson was recruited from Baltimore’s private Catholic school as an 8th grader.

“We lost it yesterday,” he tweeted. “[I’m] trust Jesus. [Don’t have] the words. I will love her forever.

St. Frances defensive back Christian Garrett said he was still in disbelief, sharing a photo with his teammate.

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“I was just talking to you yesterday about college,” he tweeted. “This year was really your year.”

University of Maryland head coach Michael Locksley offered his thoughts and prayers to the St. Frances team. He called Patterson “a brilliant, talented young man with so much life ahead of him”.

Andre Roye Jr., an offensive tackle from St. Frances who recently signed up for Maryland, tweeted “Long Live LP.”

Opposite teams and players from across the region also offered their condolences.

Baltimore Archbishop William Lori appealed for support from the Catholic community.

“I would like us all to remember Lamar in our prayers and reach out to his family in love,” he said.

Memorial services for Patterson are yet to be finalized.

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The accident is still under investigation.

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