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NMJC Mourns Loss of Acclaimed Baseball Player

1/8/2009 11:03:26 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. If the amount one is missed can be shown through the number of one's friends, then Daniel Jeff Lucero will be greatly, greatly missed. Numerous friends and family attended the funeral held for the young baseball player at Holy Family Catholic Church in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Many other friends at New Mexico Junior College will continue to mourn him as they return to classes and practice.

Lucero grew up playing baseball in Albuquerque. At Valley High School, he was twice selected as All-Metro first-team, as well as being chosen first-team All-State his senior year. Chad Kuhn, Lucero's coach at Valley High School, said that the young man had great potential in high school, both academic and athletic.

NMJC was pleased to welcome Lucero to the Thunderbird Baseball Team in fall 2008. Coach Josh Simpson said he had the highest expectations for Lucero, who had become a favorite among his teammates.

"Jeff was a kid everybody liked on the team; he got along with everyone," said Simpson. "Letting the team know about his death was one of the hardest things I've had to do."

Lucero passed away Monday, December 15, 2008, at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque from injuries sustained in a weekend car accident. According to his grandfather, Ralph Lucero, the young man was thrown from his vehicle when he lost control on an icy road. Lucero was returning home from visiting friends in Colorado.

The coaches, faculty, staff, and students of NMJC are greatly saddened by the loss of this talented and affable young man. We were privileged to have him.

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