Baltimore Ravens CB Buried In Customized Louis Vuitton-Lined Casket, Coach Eulogizes
BY: John “Hennry” Harris
The Baltimore Ravens helped lay rookie cornerback Tray Walker, 23, to rest as players, coaches and staff members joined family and friends for his funeral in Florida.
Tray Walker died on March 18, a day after he collided with a Ford Escape while driving his dirt bike near his hometown of Miami, FL.
According to the Miami Herald, the funeral was held at 93rd Street Community Baptist Church and Baltimore Raven’s head coach John Harbaugh was one of several people who eulogized Walker.
“On behalf of all the Ravens that are here I just want to say first of all, we love Tray Walker,” Harbaugh said. “We just got to know Tray Walker one year ago. And we found out what a good-hearted, hard-working, determined, really sweet young man that he was.”
Harbaugh shared a few heartwarming stories and memories he had with Walker, who said the young football’s primary goal was to take care of his mother.
“Tray Walker, we love you, and we’re going to miss you,” Harbaugh said
Walker’s casket was customized with the Ravens logo and helmet, his jersey number of 25, and the parental advisory picture featuring Straight Outta Lil Haiti. The interior was lined with Louis Vuitton.
Attendees of Tray Walker’s funeral included Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who played with Walker at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association and approximately 45 Ravens players, coaches and team officials. According to The Baltimore Sun, many of the Ravens players and personnel arrived from Baltimore in a plane chartered by team owner Steve Bisciotti.
Walker’s agent, Ron Butler, said Walker was surrounded by friends and family when he was pulled off of life support. Walker suffered serious head injuries in the fateful crash and never showed any brain activity after arriving at the hospital.
Walker reportedly was not wearing a helmet, was dressed in all black and his motorbike did not have a light on it.
Tray Walker was a fourth round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas Southern University. Walker played in 8 games during his rookie campaign, mostly on special teams.
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