Richmond Teen, 16, Is City's 13th Homicide of 2012 | NBC Bay Area

Richmond Teen, 16, Is City's 13th Homicide of 2012

Sixteen year old was to begin football on Monday.



    (Published Monday, Aug. 6, 2012)

    The Richmond high school football player who was shot and killed Sunday night -- the night before practice for the fall season began -- was not affiliated with any gang, according to his friends, coach and teammates.

    Ulysis Grijalva, 16, was a junior on the Kennedy High football team, who was shot and killed in the 200 block of MacDonald Avenue on Sunday, according to police.

    One man is in custody, and police are seeking another suspect, according to reports. No motive for the slaying was given. But his friends noted he was wearing his school colors, a red pullover sweater, when he was killed, though they don't know if that had anything to do with it.

    Grijalva was a varsity offensive lineman on the football team, according to coach Mack Carminer.

    The boy wasn't involved in any gangs, Carminer said.

    "He was surely loved," Carminer said. "The kid just smiles. He was a great kid, a great son to his parents, a great brother to his siblings, a great teammate."

    Members of the football team met but did not practice Monday, the first day of practice for the fall season. Grief counselors were on campus.

    Quarterback Roman Espinoza, who was close to Grijalva, tried to speak publicly, but broke down in tears as he simply said: "I loved him."

    To see coach Carminer talk about his slain player, click here.

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