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Basketball forward, Eboniey Jeter, dies at 21

Basketball forward, Eboniey Jeter, dies at 21

Basketball forward, Eboniey Jeter, dies at 21
May 05
17:51 2015

Update Friday 11:49 a.m.

Caitlyn Jones / Editor-in-Chief

UNT women’s basketball forward Eboniey Jeter’s death has been ruled a suicide, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office.

Jeter was found dead in her Mozart dorm room on Tuesday, May 5. She was 21 years old.

The UNT community expressed their sympathies soon after, with athletic director Rick Villarreal and women’s head coach Jalie Mitchell releasing statements. The Talons also lit McConnell tower green on Tuesday night in honor of Jeter.

Anyone struggling with suicide-related issues is encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Update 3:20 p.m. 

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

The athletics department put out a statement from head women’s basketball coach Jalie Mitchell on the death of Eboniey Jeter.

“As a family, we are hurting. We lost a teammate, a friend and a sister,” Mitchell said. “This is a very tough time for our university and for our team, but we stand strong for Eboniey and for her family. My focus right now is on the Jeter family and my team. We are grieving, but together, we will get through this and make sure we honor the life of a sweet, young lady who is gone from us way too soon. We ask that you please respect the privacy of her family and our team as we go through the grieving process.”

Memorial services for Jeter have not been set yet.

Original post

The athletics department announced that women’s basketball forward Eboniey Jeter died Tuesday. Jeter was found dead in her dorm room. She was 21.

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the passing of Eboniey,” athletic director Rick Villarreal said in a statement. “She was a great young lady and tremendous competitor, but most of all she was a trusted teammate on the women’s basketball team and a respected member of the Mean Green family. As we deal with this loss, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Eboniey’s family, relatives and friends. North Texas won’t be the same without her as we have lost a friend and loved one.”

Jeter averaged 5.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game last season. The cause of death has not been released.

Developments will be posted as they are made available.

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Photos courtesy of Mean Green Sports.

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