Winston-Salem, NC - Celeste Burgess, a 16-year-old Triad basketball star, was tragically killed in a car wreck in Alabama on Friday, and her teammates are now honoring the legacy of a friend and mentor on and off the court.
Celeste was riding with her brother to basketball camp at Auburn University, when her family says a car swerved and hit her brothers vehicle.
Her former coach Rick Anderson, who coached her at Mount Tabor High School where she played until last year before she transferred to New Hope Christian High School, said, "She played with so much passion. She lead by example, she was the type of leader where people would just get in line and follow her, and she would show them where they are going."
Her former teammate and longtime friend Ebone' Stevens said that her legacy was, "To always work hard and never harp on what you are going through because somebody else could be going through something worse."
Another former teammate, Genice Lane, said for her, Celeste's legacy is, "If you want to be great, all you have to do is work hard at it."
The Burgess family has not released details about Celeste's funeral but Coach Anderson says her teammates will be involved in the celebration of her life.