Barnes was a sophomore at Adelphi University and played on the men’s basketball team, according to the team’s website. He played in 11 games off the bench during the 2017-2018 season.
He also played basketball at Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, which mourned his loss on Twitter, writing “RIP Doc.”
His former Mount Saint Joseph coach, Pat Clatchey, said everyone knew Barnes as “Doc” and that the undersized power forward had “a very contagious personality.”
He had the ability to get along with people from all walks of life.
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“He had the ability to get along with people from all walks of life,” Clatchey said. “I think his basketball experience kind of helped him do that.”
He added that he knew Barnes as an athletic and competitive power forward who played “with effort and energy, rebounding even though he was undersized.”
“[He was] just a good person and when anybody this young passes away, it’s a tragedy,” Clatchey said.
Junior forward Daveyon Barnes had 14 points and eight rebounds as Mount Saint Joseph beat St. Frances 62-45 in 2014. Barnes was killed in a hit-and-run in Baltimore County in June 2019. (Glenn Graham/Baltimore Sun video)
Police said Barnes was attempting to cross the street around 11:10 p.m. when a Kia Forte struck him while traveling south on the roadway.
Barnes was then struck by a sedan police said is believed to be “lighter in color.”
The department is asking that the second driver come forward to police and that anyone with information about the driver call 410-307-2020. Tips can be left anonymously.
#BCoPD needs help identifying the driver or veh, believed to be a light colored sedan, that left the scene of a crash on Reisterstown Road last night that killed 21 yr old Daveyon Barnes as he crossed the street. Call 410-307-2020 w/info. Details: https://t.co/U723lgZQ50
— Baltimore County Police Department (@BaltCoPolice) June 9, 2019