Elijah Davidson of Rio Rancho, who led the Bosque School boys basketball program to a Class 3A state championship in 2020 and was a player at NCAA Division II Western Colorado University, died March 23.
The Albuquerque Journal did not have details on how.
His father, Clifton, who was Elijah’s coach at Bosque School, posted a message on Facebook on Wednesday and said he wrote it with a “broken heart.”
“Our beloved and precious son, Elijah Davidson, passed away early today. … (We) are grieving and struggling through this terrible day,” he wrote.
“We know that he was loved by many of you and you will be impacted by this news,” a Davidson family statement read. “Our hearts are with you as we know yours are with us.”
Elijah Davidson is also survived by his mother, Karen, and two siblings, Peyton and Makayla.
Born in Baton Rouge, La., Davidson — who stood 6 feet, 4 inches tall — was a first-team, all-state player in his final two seasons with the Bobcats, and averaged 26 points a game as Bosque School defeated Sandia Prep in the championship game two years ago.
Davidson also lettered in track & field and cross country at Bosque School, where he was honored with the Enduring Good Award and the Bobcat Award.
Last season at Western Colorado, Davidson, a freshman, started 18 games and averaged 7.1 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Former Bosque School boys coach Charles Ashley posted a reaction on Twitter. The first portion of his message read: “Amazing human being! Beautiful human being!”