Tina Stewart was an amazing guard for Middle Tennessee’s basketball team, the Blue Raiders, the shocking news of her death has left us heartbroken. Continue reading to find out more about her from her biography below plus check out the video and Tina Stewart’s photos in the great links in our story.
Ms. Stewart was a kind, happy and funny 21 year old girl at Middle Tennessee with some amazing basketball skills that got her among the best players with the Blue Raiders, her tragic death not just leaves family, fellow students and teammates mourning but the entire basketball community. She would have been one of the greatest talents in Women’s basketball in the world. Rightfielders’ prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends throughout this terrible time.
Tina was born Clantina Marie Lapae Stewart on October 17th, 1989 in Memphis, Tennessee to Adrian and Ida Jackson. She had three siblings, Miesha, Monika and Adrian. She went to Central High School in Memphis while at high school and already was shining in Basketball with Coach Niki Bray. She was named Commercial Appeal Player of the Week twice (junior and senior year).
When she got into Middle Tennessee in 2008 during her freshman year she played in 26 games, earned 14 rebounds and 22 points. Last year as a junior she played in 28 games, started in four games earned 2.5 rebounds and 5.5 points. Check out Tina’s picture here.
She lived in an apartment at the Raiders Crossings Apartments on Hazelwood Street near the Murfreesboro campus, her roommate was 18 year old Shanterrica Madden, a freshman at MTSU, who was arrested and charged with first degree murder. Two others were taken for interrogation although no word about whether or not they are being investigated as suspects, but there was a report that police are looking for a third woman.
Police spokesperson Kyle Evans said they answered a disturbance call on Wednesday evening. When they arrived they found Stewart with several wounds, she was immediately rushed to Middle Tennessee Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a little after.
A service in her memory with be held on Thursday at Murphy Center, 6 p.m. Counselors will be available on campus. Her MTSU athletic director Chris Massaro released a statement, so did Middle Tennessee President Sidney McPhee.
“This is an unspeakable tragedy to one of our family members. Our biggest concern is with Tina and her family. The team is devastated, but we’ll work through this together … one step at a time. She was a great kid, she was a fighter and she was a competitor. When I think of her right now, I think of her smile and grin. She would light up a room. It’s hard to describe, it’s hard for me to find words. I wish you all could have got to know her.” Coach Massaro.
“She was a wonderful, talented and vibrant young woman. The anguish I feel as a father and a president … but personally as a father with a daughter about the age of Tina cannot adequately be expressed with words,” Mr. McPhee said.
Tina you left a great sorrow in everyone’s heart, your sweet smile and kind heart will linger forever in our minds and hearts.
Would you like to send this amazing Middle Tennessee basketball player’s family your condolences? Do you know anything else about Tina Stewart? Check out her video below.
*note** The women in these pictures are not Tina Stewart.