Reporting Gigi Barnett
BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Since 1996, the Ravens have been the only NFL team with a co-ed cheerleading squad. Now the team is mourning one of its male cheerleaders, who died over the weekend.
Gigi Barnett has more.
Twenty-seven-year-old Dion Bagby’s passion was cheering for the Ravens from the sidelines. Now the NFL’s only co-ed squad is mourning the male cheerleader, who died in a vehicle collision on Friday.
“It’s a devastating loss,” said Suzanne Mansfield.
Suzanne Mansfield worked with Bagby at the Infinity All Stars Gym in Vienna, Va., where he was a coach. She says he was headed to a cheerleader camp to visit some of his students. She got the phone call shortly after the accident that killed him.
“It’s such a devastating loss,” she said. “I literally was screaming.”
Police say Bagby was riding his motorcycle on Route 15 in Frederick when he collided with a car making a left turn. Medics on the team couldn’t save him.
“He did have another vehicle; he had a truck. What a different outcome had he driven his truck,” said Mansfield.
Bagby was so good, he actually made the Ravens cheerleading squad but he turned the team down last year because it conflicted with the Infinity All Stars practice teams.
“He is an incredible talent,” said Mansfield.
And the Ravens know it. In a statement, Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne says “This is such sad news and the entire Ravens family is in mourning.”
Bagby will be laid to rest in Oklahoma, where he’s from. After his funeral, the Infinity All Stars are planning a memorial service for his friends here.