Tupelo teen tragically dies during basketball practice

A Tupelo Middle School student suddenly and tragically died during AAU basketball practice.

From Tupelo Saints basketball in regards to the death of Jaeven Dixon via Facebook:

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the loss of our beloved teammate, friend but most importantly, our brother. Jaeven lived his life to the fullest and touched so many people during his time here with us.

As I try to find the words to describe Jaeven, I remember him as being “ the glue” of our team. When J was around, he made others around him better, made others laugh and had this swag about himself that other kids couldn’t help but notice.

What do you tell your team who have loss a friend?
What do you tell students who have loss an amazing classmate?
How do you comfort a parent who have loss a son?

As a coach and father of two, I have mourned for two days only to find peace in scripture.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

My prayers are for the Bell/Dixon family and please know that the #Saints family is here standing with you all. Jaeven had a tremendous impact on our kids and we will continue to carry out his legacy by the way we live our lives and our integrity of the game.

I remember Kawana telling our kids, whenever you step on that court, play hard because Jaeven would. Just know this year when the Saints take the court, we will play hard, and may “J” watch over us all. Until we meet again our brother, rest easy!

Coach Rucker,



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