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Friends, family, teammates remember MTSU basketball star

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Family and friends from all over the Mid-South gathered at a Memphis church Saturday afternoon to remember an MTSU basketball star prosecutors say was killed by her roommate.

Hundreds turned out to say goodbye to MTSU basketball player Tina Stewart at Soul Winners Baptist in Hickory Hill.

Family, friends and teammates wore purple, Stewart's favorite color, to the funeral service.

"She was one of a kind," said Ciana Calhoun.  "I miss her so much."

The 21-year-old was stabbed to death in her off-campus apartment.  Her roommate, 18-year-old Shanterrica Madden, is charged with first degree murder in Stewart's death.

Stewart's family and friends described the Central High School graduate as a strong woman and a leader.

"The beautiful thing about the one team she signed on when she was very young, she signed with God," said Central High School Coach Broderick.  "She gave her life to Christ."

"I'd be lying in church if I told you Tina and me didn't butt heads," said friend MTSU Lady Blue Raider's Head Coach Rick Insell.  "From the day she walked on campus, I found someone that was as bull-headed as I was.  But I had my own way of loving her."

Insell said the other players leaned on Stewart for leadership since she was a freshman with the team.  Her middle and high school coaches described her as respectful and hardworking.

"We have not lost her," said Hickory Ridge Middle School Coach Stanberry.  "One is only lost when you don't know where they are."

Pastor David Rhodes said Stewart's father has already forgiven Stewart's alleged killer.

"If you could get Tina to come back, she's say, 'you lost your mind, I'm staying with Jesus,'" said Rhodes.

Meanwhile, Madden is out on bond and back in Memphis.  She appeared in court Friday and was released on a $100,000 bond.

Madden's defense attorney claims his client acted in self defense.  A preliminary hearing was postponed until March 24 so Stewart's family can attend.

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