The University of Kentucky basketball team said goodbye to their teammate, friend and brother Terrence Clarke Friday afternoon.
Two weeks after the former Wildcat died in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, funeral services were held for the 19-year-old in his hometown of Boston. John Calipari and the rest of the Wildcats were by his side one final time. Keion Brooks wore a LLTC5 wristband, “Live Like Terrence Clarke 5.”
We laid our brother Terrence Clarke to rest today with his family and friends in Boston.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 7, 2021
The night after Clarke’s tragic accident, his teammates held a candlelight vigil outside the Wildcat Coal Lodge in his honor, with Brooks, Davion Mintz, and Lance Ware all recalling how positive and upbeat he remained despite his season-ending injury, the team’s struggles, and the restrictive and isolating COVID-19 pandemic protocols.
Earlier this week, former walk-on Riley Welch also shared his memories of Clarke in an open letter on The Athletic, specifically his official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in 2019.
We didn’t spend a ton of time together that weekend, but I remember him telling anyone who would listen how ready he was to get there and how he could not wait to put on that Kentucky blue. He was like a kid in a candy store that whole weekend, just soaking up everything that Madness had to offer and enjoying being an 18-year-old kid in the spotlight. He was having the time of his life. That childlike wonder is how I’ll remember TC. That, and his energy.
Our hearts continue to go out to Clarke’s family and friends. May he rest in peace.