It comes with great sadness to report such horrific news to our readers this week. A star athlete was found shot to death in a parking lot at a fast food restaurant early Wednesday morning.
At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as they go through this devastating time. Many fans have poured out their condolences to the family through social media sites. Also, many other athletes have shared their tributes as well.
“It’s been a really hard day for us, it’s tearing all of us up,” said head coach Brett Peabody before the team's regular practice.
“There are always guys who I worry about what could happen to them because of some of the choices they make. He was never one of those guys because of the good choices he made,” Peabody said.
On Wednesday, September 26, at around 12:15 a.m., 20-year-old Long Beach City College football player Guy Eugene Alford III sustained numerous gunshot wounds to his upper torso while he was sitting in a blue Chevrolet Impala in a Jack in the Box in North Long Beach.
When police arrived, he was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the "Press-Telegram."
News of Alford's death sent shock waves through the school's athletic community and the town of Long Beach. Many people are struggling to comprehend what happened.
Native to Inglewood, Alford played for LBCC for two years as a safety. After his two seasons at the school, he was finishing up several classes to earn credits to qualify for a scholarship to a Division 1 college football organization.
“On the field, he played with tremendous passion and desire, he was a tremendous teammate,” the coach said. “Not only was Guy beloved by his fellow Viking players and coaches, he was loved by the greater Viking community."
“Guy was a model Viking, accountable, hard-working, humble, a true man of class, compassion, and character, he always made the RIGHT choices," Peabody added.
According to Alford's father, he wanted to become a nurse and was "on a mission" to get his associate's degree this coming winter.
Will you please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers?