20-year-old Tuscaloosa college track star suffers fatal brain aneurysm


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — A Tuscaloosa family is mourning the sudden death of their loved one 20-year-old Shameka Franklin.  The University of West Alabama track star suffered a brain aneurysm and died.

Dolly Franklin is the 20-year old’s mother.  Thursday afternoon her family was spending time together reflecting on the life of Shameka and all she accomplished.

“When God blessed me with her He blessed me with the best flower in the garden,” Dolly said. “She had such a humbling spirit and anything she set her mind to do, she gave it her all.”

Her mother says Shameka complained about having a headache last Friday, April 19, at her dorm
room on the UWA campus.  Her boyfriend called paramedics but it was too late.

“We are sad and grieving but we were blessed to have her while we did she was awesome,” Dolly said, “She was wonderful and I can’t say anything bad about my daughter.”

Shameka was a sophomore honor roll student at UWA majoring in health sciences.  The 20-year-old was also a talented athlete and was a member of the track and field team. This year Shameka set records at UWA in the 400-meter dash.

“She accomplished everything she set her mind to doing. She was very determined to get those medals in the 200, 400 and 800 running events. And she persevered.”

Two years ago Franklin graduated from Bryant High school in Tuscaloosa.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Will’s funeral home in Tuscaloosa.  The viewing is Monday, April 29.

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