ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The family of a Lobo baseball player murdered this spring accepted their son’s diploma Friday.
Jackson Weller, 23, graduated posthumously during a ceremony for UNM’s athletes at the Pit. Police say Weller was killed outside a Nob Hill night club on May 4. He was a junior at the university. Police later arrested 23-year-old Darian Bashir for his murder.
UNM’s players and coaches continue to mourn Weller’s death. Coach Ray Birmingham said the ceremony made it an emotional day. “Words don’t express the love we have for the Weller family, they are Lobos forever,” Birmingham said.
Bashir pleaded not guilty to Weller’s murder, but he has taken a plea deal for a separate shooting near San Mateo and Kathryn a few months earlier.
Weller, a Dallas-area native was a pitcher for the Lobos.