BPCC student-athlete’s mother, coaches mourn his death in crash on Airline Drive

Decari Markray was a standout basketball player at Doyline High School in Webster Parish who...
Decari Markray was a standout basketball player at Doyline High School in Webster Parish who went on to play for Bossier Parish Community College in Bossier City, where he was majoring in criminal justice. His coaches remember him, in part, for "his infectious smile and determination."(Source: KSLA News 12)
Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 12:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 9:42 PM CDT
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BOSSIER CITY, La. (KSLA) - Decari Markray was well known in northwest Louisiana. His skills on the basketball court gave him bragging rights; and outside the gym, he was known as an overall “good kid” who “always worked hard.”

“He was just a phenomenal kid,” Bossier Parish Community College Head Coach J.A. Anglin said.

The 20-year-old played basketball at the Bossier City college and, before that, at Doyline High School in neighboring Webster Parish.

Decari was killed in a crash Saturday, Oct. 2 on Airline Drive in Bossier City.

“It appeared the vehicle that was driven by the deceased was headed southbound on Airline Drive, crossed over into oncoming traffic and hit the other vehicle head on,” according to a news release from the Bossier City Police Department.

Decari Markray
Decari Markray(BPCC)

His mother, Lakechia Markray, started a GoFundMe with a $15,000 goal. She told KSLA over the phone his death was a shock.

“Decari was an awesome young man. He was a hard worker and a humble soul. He loved his family, his friends and basketball. His father (not biological) Kevin Ware, who has been supporting Decari since he was 5 years old, has been taking it hard. Our family has suffered such a tremendous loss. He was loved by so many and will be truly missed. He will forever be our MVP.”

Coach Anglin is asking everyone to pitch in.

“His family is in need of help. We would really appreciate anybody, even if it’s just a little bit. Every little bit will help him.”

The college will honor Decari and his family during its home game Nov. 10 against Baton Rouge Community College. Tipoff will be at 7 p.m.

BPCC also released a statement about Decari’s death.

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