A grieving basketball community gathers to bring meaning to the loss of Jaqhawn Walters, one of their own

Hartford, Ct. – 09/24/2020 – “He was a brother to me,” said E.J. Crawford (second from left) today as he gathered with friends at the Jaqhawn Walters Memorial on Main Street where Crawford signed papers to play professional basketball for Puerto Rico. “I live right up the street,” said Crawford about hearing the gunshots Saturday that took his friend’s life, “I was the first one here and when they told me it was him, it broke my heart.” Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com (Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant)

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