HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — As the community continues to grapple with the sudden loss of Lucia Bremer, her former soccer team held a ‘Celebration of Life’ to remember her.
The Richmond Strikers invited the community to stop by Strikers Park in Henrico throughout the day to honor Bremer as a player, teammate and friend.
“Soccer is family. As a family, teammates, coaches and parents experience triumphs and heartaches together,” the Strikers wrote in a post. “Lucia Bremer, her parents and her siblings are part of our Strikers family and their heartache is felt by our whole community. We grieve together and we rally around one another.”
Bremer was the center midfielder for the 2007 elite, a position that came naturally for her, according to the Strikers. They remember her as the “heart” and “soul” of their program, and say she “loved her teammates and coaches and pushed her teammates to reach their full potential.”
They also describe Bremer’s laugh as “infectious,” and say she was the first person to extend a helping hand after someone got knocked down.
On Friday afternoon, Bremer was gunned down and killed in the Hickoryridge Road in Henrico’s West End. Since then, tributes have poured in for the 8th grader as the community continues to rally together to get through this loss.
Tonight, the Strikers say they will leave their field lights on in Bremer’s honor. Lucia means “light,” they wrote. “While Lucia is gone, her light will shine through all who knew her.”
Bremer played center-midfield for the strikers “2007 elite” team.
“A lot of the reason we got a lot of goals in our indoor season was because of her and because of her assists,” said Samantha Lionberger, Bremer’s soccer teammate.
The Strikers leadership team said she was the first to help someone up after getting knocked down.
“She was an outstanding person, hilarious, engaging,” said Jay Howell, the Striker’s executive director.
At the memorial, Lionberger said she has never felt this kind of grief before.
“It’s all new to me so — I’m not really sure how I’m supposed to be feeling,” she said.
But she was not alone. Today, total strangers, teachers, friends, teammates all came together to show Lucia love.
“Anybody that’s a parent, it just touches your heart and hurts,” said Karen Christenson, a local mother who came by to honor Bremer’s memory.
While her daughters are out of school, both went to Quioccasin Middle School. She had a message to pass on to Bremer’s family.
“There are people in this community that love them –may not know them but love them,” Christenson said. “They have the support behind them. Yes they do.”
Striker Park is located at 4801 Pouncey Tract Road.