Dun­dalk mourns loss of Car­ring­ton

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

The Dun­dalk High com­mu­nity is stunned af­ter learn­ing a re­cent grad­u­ate was shot to death last week in what county po­lice are de­scrib­ing as a tar­geted killing.

Tracey E. Car­ring­ton, 25, was a 2011 grad­u­ate of Dun­dalk High who starred for the school’s girls bas­ket­ball team and went on to have a suc­cess­ful bas­ket­ball ca­reer at Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

Mem­bers of the Dun­dalk High fac­ulty de­scribed them­selves as “dev­as­tated” and “heart­bro­ken” upon hear­ing the news of Car­ring­ton’s death.

“On be­half of the Dun­dalk Fac­ulty and Staff, we send our con­do­lences to the fam­ily and friends of Tracey Car­ring­ton,” Dun­dalk High prin­ci­pal Larissa San­tos said. “Ms. Car­ring­ton was a mem­ber of the DHS Girls’ Var­sity Bas­ket­ball team, DHS AVID, and a 2011 grad­u­ate of Dun­dalk High School. In 2016, Ms. Car­ring­ton was in­ducted into the DHS Hall of Fame. Our thoughts are with her fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.”

“Her smile would light up the room,” tweeted Tow­son High ath­letic di­rec­tor Justin Nash, who was the ath­letic di­rec­tor at Dun­dalk High when Tracey was a stu­dent. “I was for­tu­nate to have had a front row seat dur­ing her high school ca­reer.”

Ac­cord­ing to Bal­ti­more County Po­lice re­ports, Car­ring­ton and a friend left the S&S Lounge in the 6800 block of Be­lair Road on Thurs­day around 8:40 p.m.

As the two pre­pared to en­ter Tracey’s car, parked on Over­lea Av­enue, an un­known man ap­proached and shot her mul­ti­ple times be­fore flee­ing in a dark-col­ored ve­hi­cle.

Car­ring­ton was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Her friend was un­harmed.

Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing it as a tar­geted crime be­cause no rob­bery or other crime was com­mit­ted dur­ing the shoot­ing, and the friend was un­harmed.

Car­ring­ton was to be called as a pros­e­cu­tion wit­ness in the trial of two men charged with a dou­ble homi­cide that took place in a Tow­son apart­ment com­plex last spring.

The two sus­pects in the dou­ble homi­cide, brothers Nor­wood T. John­son, 29, and Nyghee N. John­son, 21, are free on bail and un­der home de­ten­tion, with both re­quired to wear an an­kle bracelet to track their lo­ca­tions.

The trial is sched­uled for Jan. 15. While at Dun­dalk High, Car­ring­ton led the girls bas­ket­ball team to one of the best three-year stretches in school his­tory. The Owls have not had a win­ning record since she grad­u­ated.

She led the Owls to their first and only berth in the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game dur­ing her ju­nior year in 2010. Against de­fend­ing cham­pion Ca­tonsville, a peren­nial state ti­tle con­tender, Tracey scored 36 of Dun­dalk’s 45 points in a 71-45 loss.

Car­ring­ton was twice named the Ea­gle’s Win­ter Fe­male Ath­lete of the Sea­son, and was se­lected to the Sun’s All-Metro team and the All-Bal­ti­more County team dur­ing her ju­nior and se­nior years.

She is Dun­dalk’s ca­reer scor­ing leader with 1,615 points.

At Mor­gan State Univer­sity, Tracey was twice named to the All-MEAC sec­ond team and fin­ished as the third-lead­ing scorer in Bears’ his­tor y with 1,536 points.

A 5-foot-9 guard, she led Mor­gan State in scor­ing her se­nior year with an 18.1 av­er­age.

Since grad­u­at­ing from Mor­gan State, Tracey was in­volved with the Bal­ti­more Cougars Le­gends women’s bas­ket­ball pro­gram and had played pro­fes­sion­ally in Aus­tralia and Switzer­land.

She was in­ducted into the Dun­dalk High Ath­letic Hall of Fame in 2016.

“I would like [to thank] ever yone who was part of this, for think­ing of me for this recog­ni­tion,” Car­ring­ton said dur­ing the in­duc­tion cer­e­mony. “It’s def­i­nitely one of the most mean­ing­ful and per­sonal hon­ors I have ever re­ceived in my life.

“My ca­reer has been made pos­si­ble by many peo­ple who have dug wells from which I have drunk, and many who have built fires from which I have been warmed. To­day there are those who are still help­ing me dig wells and build fires for oth­ers. For that, I am for­ever grate­ful.”

Tracey’s twin brother, Charles Car­ring­ton, has opened a go­fundme ac­count to help pay for her funeral ex­penses: www.go­fundme. com/tracey039s-funeral-ex­penses.

Tracey was “a per­son who would love you even if you didn’t deser ve it,” Charles wrote. “Who would up­lift your spir­its when you’re feel­ing down.”

Dun­dalk High grad Tracey Car­ring­ton, who was shot to death last week in what po­lice are de­scrib­ing as a tar­geted killing, is shown here be­ing in­ducted into the Dun­dalk High Ath­letic Hall of Fame in 2016.

While a stu­dent at Dun­dalk High, Tracey Car­ring­ton led the Owls to their first berth in the Bal­ti­more County cham­pi­onship game and fin­ished as the school’s ca­reer scor­ing leader with over 1,600 points.

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