Former college basketball player dies from injuries sustained while working at Louis Armstrong Airport

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Reserve’s Jermani Thompson had a strong affinity for basketball and pictures of her bear as she held a basketball and wore team uniforms.

But tragically, the 26-year-old will never play again. Late Tuesday (August 30), Thompson suffered injuries while working at Louis Armstrong International Airport, which ultimately claimed her life.

Angela Dorsey has opened up about the devastating loss of her daughter and her love for basketball.

“She was a basketball guru; do whatever you ask him to do. What you need me to do,” Dorsey said. “I can’t believe it, you know, my only daughter is gone. I do not believe that. It’s like she just told me I’ll see you when I get back.

Thompson’s mother showed off medals and trophies her daughter won for her skills on the basketball court.

Jermani Thompson, 26, was tragically killed when her hair got tangled in a belt loader as she unloaded bags from a plane at New Orleans airport on Tuesday August 30.(Facebook)

She played at Riverside Academy, East St. John High School and after high school she was a basketball player at Hesston College in Kansas where she earned an associate degree. Her mother says her daughter also earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also played the sport she loved.

“A lot of these ladies that she played ball with, they’ve already reached out to me and reached out to me,” Dorsey said.

She said her daughter was nicknamed “Jerm” and was employed by Gat Airline Ground Support.

Company CEO Mike Hough issued the following statement:

“About 10:20 p.m. yesterday we had a fatality in our operation in New Orleans. One of our oversight team members was injured and later died while working to unload an incoming aircraft. .What we do know so far is that his hair got tangled with the belt loader machinery. We are heartbroken and are supporting his family and friends as best we can. Please send your best wishes to everyone at our New Orleans station during this very difficult time.”

The aircraft being unloaded was a Frontier Airline aircraft.

Frontier spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said, “We express our deepest condolences on the tragic death of a member of our business partner ground handling team at Louis International Airport. Armstrong of New Orleans. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time. »

And she said the airline had reversed a cancellation on Tuesday morning, but all other flights remained scheduled.

“My daughter was a good kid, she was a loving kid, she was a kid who made friends anywhere,” Dorsey said.

And she loved her family very much, as well as pets and food.

“Oh, she loved to eat, mum, what are you cooking today?” Dorsey said.

The statement from Armstrong Airport Director of Aviation Kevin Dolliole reads:

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jermani Thompson, a member of the GAT Airline ground handling team. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport extends its sincere condolences to his family and friends, as well as to our partners at GAT and Frontier Airlines. Jermani was part of our Airport family, and we will continue to support each other in any way we can during this difficult time.

And Thompson’s family said they love her job at the airport.

“She worked, she worked,” her mother said.

And now, heartbroken, her family must go on without her.

Herman Dorsey is Thompson’s stepfather.

“You do it one day at a time,” Mr. Dorsey said.

His wife chimed in, “With prayers.”

And Mr Dorsey added: “The reading of the word and the prayers will get us through and a lot of people will pray for us, but we have to pray ourselves.

Thompson’s survivors include four brothers and other relatives and friends.

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