The mother of a 15-year-old standout basketball player who died in 2013 is despairing again after his honorary Atlanta Hawks jersey was stolen from the family’s Clayton County home.
Terrell Coleman was ranked as the nation’s No. 13 overall prospect for 2017, when he would have graduated from Miller Grove High School.
The teenager had been cleared by a doctor to play despite having a heart murmur, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Coleman was playing in a local Amateur Athletic Union all-star game in DeKalb County when he died of a heart attack.
A few weeks ago, someone broke into the family home in Hampton, his mother, Raeshone Coleman, told Channel 2 Action News.
The thieves took her most treasured possessions: Terrell Coleman’s PlayStation, crystals he’d bought for her and the jersey given to him by the NBA team.
Coleman said she’d kept her son’s room the way he left it and burglars broke in and rifled through the boy’s closet.
“They just helped themselves,” Coleman told Channel 2.
The devastated mother believes burglars took advantage of the fact that she was moving to a new home.
A basketball was left behind in favor of the jersey that says Coleman on the back, she said.
A spokesman for the Hawks said they would replace that jersey and look for additional ways to help.
“I miss him truly,” Coleman said. “I miss him dearly.”
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