University of New Mexico hoopster leaves school after recent gun violence

Lobos freshman Brooke Berry, proper, right here with teammate Hannah Robbins, has chosen to go away the UNM program. Berry’s mom, Amy, stated her daughter was frightened by violence in and across the UNM campus. (Mike Sandoval/For the Journal)

Brooke Berry’s transient time as a member of the University of New Mexico girls’s basketball crew got here to an finish Monday.

Berry, a freshman from Billings, Montana, and her dad and mom knowledgeable Lobos coach Mike Bradbury that she was leaving the school as a result of of recent violent crime on and across the campus. Saturday’s deadly taking pictures that led to that night’s UNM-New Mexico State males’s basketball recreation being postponed was a big issue of their choice.

Berry’s mom, Amy Berry, stated in a phone interview Monday night time that her daughter didn’t really feel secure. Brooke, who lived at Lobo Village simply west of the Pit, knowledgeable her dad and mom about two earlier incidents there involving gunfire previous to Saturday’s taking pictures on UNM’s foremost campus.

“Saturday was actually the final straw,” Amy stated. “Brooke actually likes the basketball crew and she or he wished to stay it out, however she was scared. She known as us Sunday morning crying and stated, ‘I need to come dwelling,’ so her dad and I drove down 14 hours to get her. If one thing occurred to her, we might by no means forgive ourselves.”

Amy stated two earlier incidents of gunfire close to her daughter’s residence involved the household.

“Brooke known as when a taking pictures was taking place and she or he was hiding within the bathtub,” Amy stated. “I used to be considering, ‘This is loopy.’ “

Brooke, a 6-foot guard/ahead, was elected final week to redshirt after not showing within the Lobos’ first two regular-season video games. She was on the bench however not in uniform for the Lobos’ video games at New Mexico State and Sunday towards Arizona State.

Bradbury confirmed Berry’s choice to go away this system and stated he knowledgeable the crew on Monday. Bradbury declined additional remark.

Berry will full her present UNM lessons on-line and enter the switch portal, Amy stated.

“It’s a disgrace as a result of New Mexico has an ideal crew, an ideal venue,” Amy stated. “We actually wished it to work. But basketball’s solely a small half of life. You must be secure.”

Berry’s departure leaves UNM with 14 gamers on its roster. Two different freshmen, Natalia Chavez and Hannah Robbins, are taking redshirt seasons.

PIT STOP CONCLUDES: With a fast turnaround between Sunday and Tuesday dwelling video games, Bradbury didn’t dedicate a lot time to scouting Western New Mexico.

“(Monday’s) observe was actually about engaged on us,” he stated. “Our precedence proper now’s to simply maintain pushing in the suitable path. We’re making progress however we have nonetheless obtained rather a lot of issues we have to enhance on.”

Tuesday’s recreation towards Division II WNMU gives one thing of a respite after opening the season with 4 difficult video games, two of them on the street. The Lobos will return on the street after Thanksgiving, enjoying at Texas A&M Commerce on Saturday and at Nicholls State on Tuesday earlier than returning to host nationally ranked Arizona on Dec. 4.

UNM is holding a “Thanks for Giving” promotion for Tuesday’s recreation with $6 tickets out there to followers who donate two non-perishable meals objects. Donations profit the Lobo Food Pantry.

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