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Slain Mt. Vernon HS girls basketball player honored in jersey retirement ceremony

Family, friends and teammates pay tribute to Shamoya McKenzie


MOUNT VERNON — Mount Vernon High School on Friday honored the memory of the late Shamoya McKenzie, the unintended target of a gang shooting on New Year’s Eve back in 2016.

McKenzie’s family, her coaches, friends and teammates were at the school gym where she loved to play basketball. They were also present for McKenzie’s jersey retirement before the school’s game against White Plains.

McKenzie’s jersey with the number 30 will hang on the school’s Wall of Fame. The varsity team also wore number 30 during warmups before the ceremony.

FiOS1 News spoke with Shamoya McKenzie’s mother and the varsity coach about what kind of person she was.

"Not seeing her playing today hurts, but seeing all the girls having fun and remembering her in this honor, it meant a lot," said Nadine McKenzie.

"It symbolizes Shamoya's presence and reminds us of who she was as a player and her commitment to her overall goals," said Mount Vernon High School varsity girls basketball coach Erica Naughton.

Nadine McKenzie said that on the morning she that was killed, her daughter had a meeting with Naughton. She was on the junior varsity team at the time and was told that she was going move up to the varsity team. Naughton also knew young McKenzie from coaching her on an AAU basketball team.

Nadine McKenzie also said the jersey retirement ceremony on the basketball court was fitting because this is where her daughter's heart is.

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