Kayla Linton, a 17-year-old senior athlete whose lacrosse jersey carried the number, died suddenly Saturday after she went into cardiac arrest after battling the flu since last Tuesday. George Solis reports.
The Lansdowne High School community came together Tuesday night to mourn No. 19.
Kayla Linton, a 17-year-old senior athlete whose lacrosse jersey carried the number, died suddenly Saturday after she went into cardiac arrest after battling the flu since last Tuesday, said her mother, Kerry.
"There is no soul like Kayla's," she said. "Kayla was the happiest, most cheerful, loving person. Kayla couldn't even be mean to someone who wronged her. She didn't have a mean bone in her body."
At the boys' varsity basketball game, the Vikings came out to a roaring crowd.
Before the team started warmups, the players taped a T-shirt with a photo of Kayla on it to the wall. The shirt was covered with messages from the boys' and girls' teams.
Kayla was on the school's girls basketball team for three years, but pursued track this winter. She also played on the school's field hockey and girls lacrosse teams since her freshman year.
A scholarship from the school's athletic department in her name is in the works, he said.
"She was a ray of sunshine," Hawkins said. "She didn't have any enemies."
Mychael Dickerson, a spokesperson for the school system, said grief counselors are at the school for as long as necessary.
A candlelight vigil in Linton's memory is scheduled for at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, in the back parking lot of Arbutus Middle School.
Linton's funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at St. Mark Church in Catonsville, according to her obituary. Flowers will be accepted, but donations in Kayla's memory may be directed to Lansdowne High School Athletic Department, 3800 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227.