Community comes together to honor Jackson Weller

A ceremony to honor Jackson Weller was held before the Lobo’s last home series of the season. Isabel Gonzalez/The Lobo Lair

Isabel Gonzalez

The Lobo community got together on Saturday to honor Jackson Weller before New Mexico started its last home series of the 2019 season.

Weller passed away on May 4 after being shot outside a club in the Nob Hill area in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A couple moms of the Lobo baseball players were texting each other and decided they wanted to organize something special.

The event was originally scheduled for Friday, but it was postponed due to weather conditions. Traffic due to the UNM graduation on the same day did not stop a crowd from gathering in front of the baseball clubhouse for a tailgate on Saturday morning.

Some people wore white shirts that said “FOREVER A LOBO” and had Weller’s jersey number on the back. Folding pocket frisbees that looked like baseballs were also passed out. These read, “Jackson, we will always be your biggest fan.”

Fans, players and staff came together on the field to pray before the first pitch. The UNLV Rebels kneeled next to the Lobos around a glove with a cross, and a heart floral arrangement the Air Force Falcons gifted the team.

Weller was not on the roster due to injury, but he was planning on officially joining the Lobos in the fall. New Mexico head coach Ray Birmingham tweeted a photo of a lineup that included Weller’s name as the pitcher.