Field hockey game ‘remembers the light’ of slain teenager Henrico

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Monday night’s college field hockey game between Mills Godwin High School and Freeman High School was not about team rivalries, it was about unity in memory of Lucia Bremer.

Teenager Henrico, 13, tragically died in March 2021. Dylan Williams, the teenager charged with her shooting death, is due to stand trial in January.

University coach Emily McNamara helped organize Monday’s tribute, hoping to fill the stands and raise donations for the Lucia Whalen Bremer Memorial Fund – a scholarship fund in Lucia’s name.

McNamara said many students still grapple with Lucia’s death and want a way to honor her memory.

“I know some of the girls, who were on my team then, who are on the varsity team now. They knew her brother, they knew her family, some of them knew her personally,” McNamara said. “It’s something we will always live with in everything we do. Instead of taking it as sadness, kind of taking it as his motto, which was to be the light and let the light shine.

Lucia, who was an outstanding athlete and student, would have been a high school student at Godwin, but had strong ties to Freeman students through various community sports teams, including football.

“I remember his smile,” said Godwin’s second year, Mary Kate Jacobs. “We were always laughing and talking at swim meets and she was really lovely and really caring.”

Wearing green wristbands and ribbons in their hair, the girls from both teams observed a moment of silence before Monday night’s game and presented Lucia’s parents, Jonathan and Meredith, with a ghost box in honor of their daughter .

The date of September 19 was chosen by Godwin to honor Lucia’s football shirt number.

“I think she would want all of us to remember her in a positive way and not see it as such a tragedy, but more of a way of remembering her light,” Jacobs said.

Lucia’s mother tells CBS 6’s Tracy Sears that she is grateful to Godwin and the outpouring of love and support from everyone who has stood by their family during this difficult time.

McNamara said she hopes Lucia’s light will continue to shine for years to come.

“We want to remember Lucia’s life as one that will never be forgotten,” McNamara said.

To donate to Lucia’s memorial fund, click here.

Catherine J. Martinez