Basketball showcase honors teen killed and highlights young SWFL talent

Writer: Jack Lowenstein
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Credit: WINK News.

Some of the best basketball talent in Southwest Florida took to the court to honor the life of a teenager taken too soon. Stef’an Strawder was one of two teens who was killed in a shooting at Club Blu in 2016. A yearly event remembers the young high school basketball star, whose life was lost to violence

The third annual Stef’an Strawder Showcase was hosted at Mariner High School in Cape Coral Friday.

“Stef’an wasn’t the biggest of kids, but his heart was big,” said Keith White, Stef’an’s uncle. “And there’s a lot of kids around here like him.”

And Stef’an’s family knows the impact of the showcase goes beyond the sport.

Annd it’s not difficult for Stef’an’s family and friends to honor and remember him.

“Stef’an continues to motivate everyone no matter where he is,” said Bershard Edwards, Stef’an’s friend.

Community leaders are also aware of the impact Stef’an has in the area.

“I guarantee it everyone of these kids knows about Stef’an’s legacy,” Lt. Sylvester Smalls of Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

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