"I'm going to miss her:" Friend says one of two killed in motorcycle crash was a basketball star in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Milwaukee police say two people were killed in a motorcycle crash that occurred just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28th.

Police say a motorcycle being operated northbound on N. Sherman Avenue by a 40-year-old Milwaukee man struck a vehicle making a left turn onto W. Auer.

Both the operator of the motorcycle and his 25-year-old female passenger were ejected from the motorcycle.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The 53-year-old male driver of the vehicle was taken to the hospital -- where he was treated for minor injuries.

His 52-year-old female passenger was treated on scene.
Asia Rhines-Malone is a close friend of the 25-year-old woman who was killed in this crash.

Destinee Blue (Photo Courtesy Asia Rhines-Malone)

"I don't want to get choked up, but I've been crying all day. I just...I'm going to miss her. I'm going to miss her," Rhines-Malone said.

Rhines-Malone tells FOX6 News the 25-year-old woman killed is Destinee Blue. Rhines-Malone says she was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by her 40-year-old boyfriend.

"It's just so hard to lose someone like that -- who has so much to give to this community. Milwaukee needs it right now. To have her taken away -- it's a hard blow. It's just tragic to me that she lost her life at such a young age -- and she was on such a great path -- doing positive stuff in this community," Rhines-Malone said.

Rhines-Malone says Blue has been a rising basketball star since high school. The two were rivals on the court -- and friends everywhere else.

"She went to Vincent.  She won two state championships.  She coached at Riverside last year. I think they won a championship," Rhines-Malone said.

Destinee Blue (Photo Courtesy Asia Rhines-Malone)

Rhines-Malone says Blue mentored young women with an interest in playing ball.

Next month, Blue was set to join an international league in Puerto Rico.

"I`m sad for her and for the other victim`s family.  I know Milwaukee is hurting and we`re going to miss her.  We`re going to miss her," Rhines-Malone said.

Police are saying speed may have been a factor in this crash.