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Basketball community mourns the death of former Minnesota prep star Braxton Raymond

Basketball community mourns the death of former Minnesota prep star Braxton Raymond
Braxton Raymond

The Minnesota basketball community is mourning the death of a former high school star player. 

Braxton Raymond, who graduated in 2016 as the all-time leading scorer at Kasson-Mantorville High School, died Wednesday morning at the age of 22. Raymond was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in August of 2018, according to the Rochester Post-Bulletin

Raymond's CaringBridge page says he was surrounded by family when he passed away. 

"He had a tough battle and fought til the last second," Tailor Raymond, his sister, wrote in the CaringBridge update. "He is one of the strongest people I know. Please pray for him, family, and friends and we grief the loss of an amazing soul." 

Raymond averaged 23.5 points per game as a senior in 2016 and went on to play basketball his freshman season at Williston State University in North Dakota. 

His father, Kelly Raymond, was the head coach at Kasson-Mantorville when he son played. He previously told the Post-Bulletin that Braxton is "the toughest kid I coached in my 47 years." 

Raymond's mother's words, quoted by Minnesota prep sports reporter Ryan James, following his diagnosis are equally as impressive. 

"He told me that somewhere down the line, something was going to happen to someone in our family," Cyndi Raymond told James. "He said he was glad it was he who drew the short straw, because he can handle it."

Raymond will be laid to rest on Monday, with a visitation being held at Kasson-Mantorville High School Sunday evening. 

There is a GoFundMe for Raymond's family that was launched in August of 2018. It has raised $6,500 with a goal of reaching $15,000. 

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