Trevecca names young woman killed at Cayce Homes honorary basketball team member

(Courtesy Trevecca Nazarene University)

A young woman who was tragically killed in Cayce Homes just a few months shy of her high school graduation was honored in a special way Wednesday.

Vastoria Lucas, 19, was killed in the crossfire at the East Nashville public housing development in March.

Lucas wanted to play basketball at Trevecca Nazarene University after graduating Stanford High School. On Thursday, Lucas' family received a jersey in her honor during a short ceremony at the high school.

"I'm saddened but grateful that something good can come out of this horrible situation," said Janet Wallace, Stratford Lower Campus principal.

Trevecca Women’s Basketball Coach Chad Hibdon also named Lucas an honorary member of the team for the 2017-2018 season.

"We just thought that we could honor her and who she was and who she was to her family by making her an honorary Trevecca women's basketball player and also giving her family a jersey in memory of her," Hibdon said.

"She really wanted all the kids in the community to play basketball," Lucas' mother said. "We are so thankful to everyone for keeping her hopes and dreams alive."

Cayce Homes residents described Lucas as a pillar of the community. Shanniece Kodjo considered Lucas her sister and previously said in an interview with Fox 17 News that Lucas strongly believed in stopping the violence in their community.

"She was proud of it," Kodjo said. "She was only 19 years-old, and she was one of the few people in the community who didn't like the violence here and tried her hardest to stop it."

Three people are facing charges in Lucas' death.

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