Jayden Goodridge Obituary, Death – The Bronx man slain by an e-scooter rider was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to his former basketball coach, who spoke with The Post on Tuesday. On Sunday evening, a gunshot was fired at the intersection of East 149th Street and Jackson Avenue in Mott Haven, killing Jayden Goodridge, 21, and injuring another man in the jaw. According to investigators, there is no proof that Goodridge was the shooter’s intended target. The shooter has yet to be apprehended.
“I was getting ready for work when I got the phone call from his mom [informing me that Goodridge had died], and I just couldn’t wrap my head around what she was saying to me,” Andre Thomas, the young man’s AAU coach with the Riverside Hawks from 2016 to 2019, stated. “I was getting ready for work when I got the phone call from his mother [informing me that Goodridge had died],” Andre Thomas remembered. Because we have vast experience working with children throughout our coaching careers. “Some will just follow you around for the rest of your life,” Thomas continued.
According to his high school coach, Goodridge had just gotten off a train with two friends when he was hit by random gunfire. Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, Westchester County, was Goodridge’s alma mater.According to Thomas, the former point guard arrived for practice as the “smallest guy” in the gym. Thomas states that “every coach passed him over because of his height.” “I took a risk on him,” you explained, “and it turned out to be the best opportunity I’ve ever had in my coaching career.” In my opinion, he did not disappoint; he had heart.
His heart was bigger than his body. The coach went on to state that Goodridge and his sister had been raised by a single mother and that Goodridge had always been reliable. According to Thomas, Goodridge, who died only days before starting a new job at American Eagle Outfitters, “wanted to advance and make something out of basketball to provide [for his family].” “He wants to use basketball to help support his family,” Thomas explained.