‘Forever a Lobo’: Slain UNM baseball player honored before games

It was an emotional Saturday as Lobo baseball players took to the field for the first time since Jackson Weller’s death one week ago.

From tailgating before the game to praying together on the field, the 23-year-old was honored by fans, players, parents and even graduates Saturday afternoon.

“We all need each other right now,” said UNM baseball mom, Yolanda Deimling. “The community, the baseball community, especially the Lobo team. We all need each other’s support because it’s been a really long and hard week.”

Dozens of people showed up to Santa Ana Star Field Saturday to honor murdered baseball player, Jackson Weller.

“When tragedy strikes you want basically everybody to step up to help out,” said Rex Thompson with Rex’s Hamburgers. “I mean that’s what it’s all about.”

People from all over came out in support, including those who never met Weller. One woman said she needed to show up after witnessing the deadly encounter.

“I was there when it happened. I was, like, maybe about 20 feet away from it,” said Darcy Candelaria. “So, I just thought I would come out and support.”

On this day more than ever, the saying stood true: Everyone’s a Lobo.

“It’s one of these things where it’s like we’re all family and you have to take care of family,” Thompson said.

Rex’s Hamburgers kicked off the afternoon by grilling hundreds of donated patties. Nearby, mothers of UNM baseball players handed out t-shirts with Weller’s name on the back.

“We decided as a group that he’s going to be a Lobo forever,” Deimling said. “That’s how we came up with this.”

Just before hitting the field, UNM, UNLV, and fans came together.

“Please join us for a moment of prayer with the team to honor Jackson Weller,” the announcer said over the loudspeaker.

Dozens were kneeling and holding hands, praying around a memorial wreath and glove, honoring a young athlete taken too soon.
    

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