Geronimo Warner, a former basketball player for Jackson State University (JSU), passed away on November 9, 2023, at the age of 21. His cause of death has not been officially announced, but some sources suggest that he suffered from a medical condition. Warner was a guard on the JSU basketball team from 2019 to 2022 and was part of the SWAC regular season title-winning team in 2021. He was studying management at JSU and was a native of Arizona.
A Dream Come True
Warner came to JSU three years ago from Piney Woods High School, looking for an opportunity to pursue his dreams of playing basketball on the Division I level. He was a walk-on who worked hard to earn his spot on the team. He appeared in three games during his three seasons as a Tiger, but was not on the 2022-23 roster, according to the JSU men’s basketball page.
Warner’s former coach, Wayne Brent, who retired after nine seasons with the Tigers following the 2021-22 season, remembered him as a great kid who always had a great spirit and enjoyed being at JSU. Brent said that Warner did not want to be a regular student, but a student-athlete, and that he found a home in Jackson. Brent also praised Warner’s positive attitude and his good relationship with his teammates.
A Shocking Loss
Warner’s death came as a shock to the JSU community, who mourned the loss of one of their own. JSU issued a statement expressing its deepest condolences to Warner’s family, friends, and all those who knew and loved him. The statement also offered grief support and counseling services to anyone in need.
JSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Ashley Robinson said that the loss of students who have been a part of the athletics program is difficult, as they are considered members of the family. Robinson said that Warner loved the game of basketball and was well-liked among the student-athletes and campus community. He asked for thoughts and prayers for Warner’s family and friends during this time.
Warner’s funeral expenses have been raised through a GoFundMe page, which has received over $10,000 in donations. Many people have left messages of sympathy and appreciation for Warner, who touched many lives with his kindness and passion.
A Legacy to Remember
Warner may not have been a star player on the court, but he was a star in the hearts of those who knew him. He was a young man who followed his dreams and made them come true. He was a loyal teammate, a dedicated student, and a beloved son, brother, and friend. He was a Tiger who represented JSU with pride and honor. He was Geronimo Warner, and he will be missed.