On Tuesday, as CU basketball senior Tory Miller-Stewart spoke publicly for the first time since suffering a season-ending broken foot after just six games, he admitted even almost two months later there remains a certain level of frustration at having his senior season wiped away.

Yet with the entire CU athletics department getting touched by tragedy earlier this week, Miller-Stewart also expressed the understanding that his problems are trivial compared to what his friends on the Colorado women's lacrosse team are dealing with.

On Monday, the university announced senior attacker Julia Sarcona was killed over the weekend in a one-car accident on Boulder Canyon Road. A classmate of Sarcona's, Miller-Stewart became visibly upset while talking about a friend who was taken far too soon.

"Prayers to her and her family. We were really good friends and I saw her every day," Miller-Stewart said. "We hung out so much with her and her friends. The lacrosse team and basketball team are just good friends all-around. Especially the senior class we have. I'm heartbroken. A heavy heart for her and her family. She was a really good friend and a really nice girl. We're really going to miss her.

"I've always said since I went down that it could always be worse. Losing somebody is just unthinkable. I can't even imagine what the lax girls are going through right now."

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