Friday, August 13, 2004
RICHMOND, Calif. -- A football star on one of the nation's top high school teams was shot to death two days before he was set to leave his crime-ridden city for the University of Oregon on an athletic scholarship, police said Friday.
Terrance Kelly, 18, was a star linebacker and tight end for Concord's De La Salle High School. He was shot in the driver's seat of his car outside his brother's home around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Richmond Police Sgt. Enos Johnson.
Police found Kelly lying in the street next to his car, shot in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Johnson said police were investigating and had not yet identified a motive or any suspects.
Kelly was a standout at De La Salle, a school that boasts a 151-game winning streak. He was one of four de la Salle players recruited by the University of Oregon this year; the others were wide receiver Cameron Colvin and cornerbacks Willie Glasper and Jackie Bates.
Kelly had never played in a losing game during his high school career. At De La Salle, he was considered one of the best defensive players in the nation.
De La Salle school officials, students and coaches mourned the death of Kelly, who was remembered for his academic and athletic achievements. The school was set to hold a memorial service for students, family and friends Friday afternoon.
"Terrance was known by all in the De La Salle school community to be a young man who exhibited talent, intelligence and care for others besides himself," said Bruce Shoup, De La Salle's president and chief executive. "He will be remembered as an excellent student, good friend and inspiration for all the boys destined to follow him through school."
Kelly was scheduled to leave for Eugene, Ore., on Saturday. The university's athletic department did not immediately return calls seeking comment.