Concord High Remembers Fallen Athlete

17-year-old Montreal Blakely was shot and killed in San Francisco

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    Hundreds of people gathered at Concord High School Friday night to say goodbye to 17-year-old Montreal Blakely. NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle reports Blakely had dreams of going to college. (Published Saturday, Dec 22, 2012)

    Hundreds of people gathered at Concord High School Friday night to say goodbye to 17-year-old Montreal Blakely.

    In the pouring rain his football teammates, friends and family stood on the field he loved. His coach gave his heartbroken family his senior letter and a certificate recognizing his academic achievement. 

    The senior was a Concord Minuteman for just one year and left quite an impression.

    "Being around teenage boys there's a false sense of bravado -- they call it swagger," Concord football coach Brian Hamilton said. "Montreal was amazingly swagger free, a 3.8 GPA student, a black belt in karate and a tremendous football player."

    Someone shot and killed Blakely in his old San Francisco neighborhood last weekend.

    Violence his father Montreal Blakely says must stop, "For the brothers who are taking lives in the black ghetto we're taking gifts away we have to stop taking gifts away."

    Friends said Blakely dreamed of giving his family a gift, his success. He dreamed of going to college.