NATCHITOCHES, LA (KSLA) - Hurdles adorned with black ribbons will occupy the inside lane of the track at Northwestern State when the public pays tribute to the late Daeshon Gordon.
The candlelight vigil will be held Thursday evening in memory of the track and field standout who died this week.
Folks will gather from 7 to 8 p.m. that day at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches.
NSU President Chris Maggio, Athletics Director Greg Burke, coaches and teammates will share memories of Gordon, a 22-year-old Jamaica native who resided with her parents, Miranda and Deron Gordon, in Pompano Beach, Fla.
After the remarks, NSU’s track and field student-athletes and coaches will lead everyone in a ceremonial victory lap around the oval at the Ledet Complex.
And this weekend, NSU’s football players plan to show their respects by wearing her initials on their helmets when they take to the field for their homecoming game at 6 p.m. Saturday in Turpin Stadium.
There also is expected to be a moment of silence before the Demons take on the Houston Baptist Huskies.
Her funeral will be held back home in the Miami area, assistant athletic director Doug Ireland said.
Friends of Gordon’s family have set up a GoFundMe account to help with her funeral expenses.