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A man killed in a gang shooting in South Los Angeles was an assistant football coach at Morningside High School, it was announced Monday.

Grief counselors went to the Inglewood school Monday to help players deal with the death of 28-year-old assistant coach Eddy Lewis.

“He was a great kid and a role model for our kids, and they are devastated,” Monarchs coach Derwin Henderson told the Los Angeles Times.

The shooting happened at 12:30 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Hoover and 84th streets, several  hours after the Monarchs lost to Palos Verdes, 34-7. A second man was wounded.

Lewis was driving a friend and stopped his vehicle to allow his friend to get out. As the friend exited the vehicle, shots erupted from the sidewalk, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Lewis’ friend was struck by gunfire but managed to flee to a nearby residence and call 911. Lewis, mortally wounded,  drove off slowly but eventually stopped against a curb. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

His friend told police that he was not able to see anyone before the shooting. Police said it appears the suspect was standing near the sidewalk.

Police said the shooter or shooters appeared to be gang members.

According to The Times, Lewis was a standout defensive back at Taft High School in 2002 and 2003. He was a linebackers coach at Morningside High School and worked as a nurse. Two of his brothers also coach at Morningside.

Police asked anyone with information on the shooting to call the LAPD’s 77th Street Division at (213) 485-4164 or the 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24- 7. All tips can be made anonymously.

City News Service

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