A 20-year-old former Long Beach City College football standout was found shot to death Wednesday morning near the drive-thru of a Jack-in-the-Box restaurant in Long Beach.
Officers received a call about 12:15 a.m. of a shooting near 52nd Street and Atlantic Boulevard and located a victim with gunshot wounds to his upper body, according to Lt. James Richardson of the Long Beach Police Department.
Guy Alford III, a former LBCC defensive back, died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported. Alford’s LBCC online player profile states that he was an Inglewood native.
The shooting apparently took place while the victim was in the drive-thru area. He apparently got out of the car in the parking lot, then collapsed and died.
No suspect description was released.
The LBCC football program mourned Alford’s death on its Twitter feed, posting, “A very sad day for our Viking family. Senseless violence. `May the choirs of Angels come to greet you Guy!’ Great team player but a better person! #StopThisNonSense Prayers go out to his family and friends from his LBCC family.”
The team’s defensive backs coach, Darnell Lacy, wrote on his page, “Tired of the cowards! This dude didn’t deserve this.”
Lacy told the Long Beach Post that Alford was hoping to transfer to a four-year school and continue playing football next spring. Alford’s father told the paper his son was trying to finish his associate’s degree at LBCC then pursue a nursing degree.
Former LBCC defensive backs coach James Wheeler wrote on Twitter he coached Alford for two years and was “at a loss for words.”
“This was honestly a good good kid and this one really hurts,” he wrote. “Praying for the Alford family.”