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Michigan State basketball star Cassius Winston posts emotional message after brother’s death

Zachary Winston reportedly struck by Amtrak train in Albion

Michigan State's Cassius Winston, center, stands with teammates during a moment of silence in honor of Winston's younger brother, Zachary, before the team's NCAA college basketball game against Binghamton, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 100-47. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State basketball star Cassius Winston posted an emotional Instagram message Monday after his brother, Zachary, was struck by a train and killed over the weekend.

Zachary Winston, 19, was reportedly struck by an Amtrak train after 8 p.m. Saturday in Albion. He played basketball for Albion College and was a graduate of University of Detroit Jesuit High School.

Here’s the message Cassius Winston posted on Instagram:

"(I’m gonna) put this on here cause I need you to read it and I feel like this the best way for it to get to you. I love you bro, with everything I have in my entire body. I love you so much. If I could carry your pain I would wear it on my shoulders just to see you happy and wouldn’t think twice.

"I understand it was too much. I understand, I really do, and your story won’t end here. I can promise you that the next time I run into someone in your situation, I’m going to save them, cause that’s what you would want me to do.

"I wish it was a term that goes deeper than brother -- cause that’s what’s you are to me, one-third of my heart -- and I’m struggling because there is nothing that can replace that, Smoothie. I need you. I miss you. But I’m so proud of you, bro. You fought every demon with everything you had in you. You went to war with yourself every single day, not knowing if you could win that battle, and you won time after time.

"You stood tall and you let your family love you. You gave me everything I asked for -- just one day you didn’t have enough strength, and that’s OK man. That’s really OK. People can’t go through what you went through. You are the strongest, wisest, kindest, most caring person. The best brother/ gang member I could ever ask for, and I wouldn’t replace you or change any single thing about you. Not one.

"I don’t like doing these cause I feel like they for show, but I need to you to read this, Smoothie, and I need you to know that I love you and I care for you, and the only reason I can sit here and still stand is because I know you’re in no more pain. The only reason I’m still standing.

"After that, bro, we really got beef, and when I see you again I’m beating your a**, cause it’s no way you got me out here trying to adjust to life without you, bro. This s*** so deep, bro. We’re suppose to see all this out together. But we’ll have that conversation the next time I see you, Smoothie Bean.

“Rest up, my baby, and keep watching over us. Save me a seat, and when it’s all said and done, I’m gonna have so much to tell you. You’re gone, I already know, but I’m gonna tell you anyway: Love you, gang member. I wish your story could’ve had a different ending. It’s OK, though. Enjoy it up there. I’m gonna see you soon enough. #LuvSmoothie

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Ima put this on here cause I need you to read it, and I feel like this the best way for it to get to you. I love you bro, w everything I have in my entire body. I love you so much, if I could carry yo pain I would wear it on my shoulders just to see you happy and wouldn’t think twice. I understand it was to much, I understand I really do and yo story won’t end here. I can promise you that, the next time I run into someone in your situation ima save them, cause that’s wha you would want me to do. I wish it was a term that goes deeper then brother, cause that’s what’s you are to me, 1/3 of my heart. And I’m struggling because there is nothing that can replace that Smoothie. I need you, I miss you. But I’m so proud of you, bro you fought every demon w everything you had in you. You went to war w yourself every single day not knowing if you could win that battle. And you won time after time. You stood tall and you let your family love you, you gave me everything I asked for, just one day you didn’t have enough strength. And that’s ok man, that’s really ok, ppl can’t go through wha you went through, you are the strongest, wisest, kindest, most caring person. The best brother/ gang member I could ever ask for. And I wouldn’t replace you or change any single thing about you. Not one. I don’t like doing these cause I feel like they for show, but I need to you to read this Smoothie and I need you to know, that I love you and I care for you. And the only reason I can sit here and still stand is because I know you not in no more pain. The only reason I’m still standing. After that bro we really got beef, and when I see you again I’m beating yo ass. Cause it’s no way you got me out here trying to adjust to life w out you bro. This shit so deep bro we suppose to see all this out together. But we’ll have that convo the next time I see you Smoothie Bean. Rest up my baby and keep watching over us, save me a seat. And when it’s all said and done ima have so much to tell you. You gone already know but ima tell you anyway. Love you Gang member🖤 wish your story coulda had a diff ending, it’s ok tho enjoy it up there. Ima see you soon enough #LuvSmoothie🖤

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Winston scored 17 points in Michigan State’s win over Binghamton on Sunday night, making seven of 16 shots to go along with 11 assists, two rebounds and a steal.

After winning Big Ten Player of the Year while averaging 18.8 points, 7.5 assists and 3 rebounds per game last year, Winston is among the favorites to win the Wooden Award this season.

Through two games, he’s averaging 19 points, 7.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds.

Michigan State's Cassius Winston and coach Tom Izzo embrace as Winston leaves the the team's NCAA college basketball game against Binghamton, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. Michigan State won 100-47.

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