The youngest victim in the 1 October shooting was honored in a ceremony at his high school Wednesday night.
However, Quinton Robbins’ story didn’t end on October 1 because the loved ones that he left behind, his former teammates, his friends, and his parents are making sure that this is just the beginning.
Robbins was a star on and off the court.
“I definitely miss his smile and his laugh. He could light up a room,” Chaze Lucero, Robbins’ friend said.
There have been so many moments of silence ceremonies since the 1 October shooting, but the one held for Robbins Wednesday night was different Quinton Robbins was celebrated loudly.
Robbins’ friends called him kind.
“Every summer, we’d go out with 10-15 people out on his boat, and he’d take everybody out, and he brought everyone together,” said J.D. Ebert, friend. “He did all of that. He was a great leader. Just the kind of person he was.”
His father calls him a hero.
“It’s a daily struggle to realize exactly what happened and that we are without him, but things like — events like these help us to cope with the loss of our son Quinton,” said Joe Robbins, Quinton’s father.
Robbins loved basketball; first as a player at Basic High School — then as a coach and a mentor.
“What he loved more than scoring in the basket was actually assisting others and making them better,” Joe Robbins said.
“Quinton was my point guard,” Lucero said. “He got me the ball, and I shot the long three, haha.”
Robbins’ jersey number three is now retired, but it will always remain a symbol of strength, loyalty, and grit.
“We are not retiring Quinton’s jersey tonight because he died. We’re retiring it for how he lived.”
Robbins’ memory lives on with friends and family.
“He reached so many people. I had no idea,” Joe Robbins said. “So, he accomplished a lot in his short 20 years. He really did.”
The basketball team has also decided to dedicate this season to Robbins. They say “once a wolf, always a wolf.”
In the meantime, Robbins’ parents set up the Play It Forward Foundation, which inspires acts of kindness in the community.