BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern University baseball coach Roger Cador is used to reflecting on a bad day on the diamond. He's been doing it for 36 years. But never, he says, has he had to take the field knowing a key member was gone forever.
Student athletic trainer, 19-year-old Lashuntae Benton, known as "Tae" for short, was one of two women Jags killed during a shootout at the Cottages Apartment complex on Sunday morning.
Baton Rouge Police say Benton and Annette January, also 19-years-old, were to innocent victims of a violent argument.
"When I told my players about it on Sunday morning, I felt bad that they had to go play a game," says Cador.
Cador says Benton had been working directly with his team while the university searched for a full-time trainer.
"Normally when the players are doing things and I am sitting in the dugout the trainer is the person who gets to talk to them."
But Benton didn't just encourage those athletes.
Cador says she was also instrumental in inspiring injured Southern football player, Devon Gales, to continue fighting to fulfill his athletic dreams.
"To see the love and compassion in handling him to get him in a situation where he was comfortable, said a lot about her."
Southern University interim athletic director Roman Banks echoed those words in describing both women at a news conference Monday afternoon.
January, a freshman track and field athlete, was new to the program. But Roman says she had a promising future.
He paused to recall both of them sharing an image of Benton he could not shake.
"It's amazing. I could see her walking down the hall right now just before we go to practice and see that smile on her face and she will always be remembered that way," says Roman.
A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the courtyard of the student union.
A third person, Brandon Henderson, was injured in the shooting.
Ernest Felton, 22, was arrested and charged in the incident.