High School Sports

Moment of silence during playoff game at TCU for former Nolan Catholic baseball star

Jackson Weller, a baseball player and 2014 graduate of Nolan Catholic, was shot and killed on May 4 outside of an Albuquerque club, according to University of New Mexico officials and Albuquerque police.

Weller, 23, was a junior on the University of New Mexico baseball team.

Four days after his death, Nolan Catholic held a moment of silence during its TAPPS 6A regional baseball playoff game with Fort Worth All Saints at TCU’s Lupton Stadium.

“It’s just heartbreaking with someone like Jackson, who had some much potential. He loved the game because he stayed in it when he could’ve got out. He had many other opportunities,” Nolan coach Joe Weik said. “It’s sad and makes you realize that we need to be thankful for the things we have every single moment.”

The school has held several church and prayer services to honor him.

On Wednesday, Nolan athletic director and Weller’s former coach Rene Ramirez made a statement before a moment of silence, which was followed by a prayer from a local church preacher.

“He was a terrific kid,” Ramirez told the Star-Telegram’s Domingo Ramirez Jr. “He was just an outstanding player.”

Weller’s family will be at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Colleyville at 1 p.m. on Monday to pay their respects.

“He really had a sense of humor and kept us all loose,” Ramirez said. “It’s all a shame on what happened.”

Albuquerque Police arrested 23-year-old Darian Bashir at an apartment and arrested him without incident early Saturday on suspicion of murder in the killing of Jackson Weller outside a bar by a man who witnesses said then got into a car which drove off.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.