The community at St. Teresa’s Academy was devastated Monday by news that a former student and star basketball player was killed in an auto accident.
Rebecca Lueke of Kansas City, who was known as Becca, was killed when she lost control of the vehicle she was driving west on Interstate 435 just east of North Congress Avenue. Police said she crossed the median into the oncoming lanes where she was hit by an eastbound semi truck. The truck driver was not injured. Police said icy roads may have contributed to the accident.
Lueke, 18, was a freshman at Benedictine College in Atchison. According to the college’s website, she was recruited to play basketball for Benedictine after helping to lead her high school team to the 5A Missouri District Championships. Lueke was a four-year varsity player for St. Teresa’s and a captain her senior year.
Benedictine women’s head basketball coach Chad Folsom is quoted on the website saying Lueke “is a very hard worker who is an aggressive defender and is strong at attacking the basket.”
Lueke was the daughter of Don and Debbie Lueke and a member of the Visitation parish. She also leaves siblings Allie, Maddie, Eleanor, Nathaniel, Michael and William. St. Teresa’s President Nan Bone met Monday with the Luekes, who told her Becca’s organs would be donated to others.
“She was just one of those girls who gave it her all,” Bone said of Lueke. “You get few of those. She always did what was best for the team. She was just a remarkable young woman.”
An email sent to the St. Teresa’s community Monday said Lueke was “an absolute gift to both her school and parish communities. Her kindness, joyful sense of humor and love of family is unparalleled. She will be dearly missed by all.”