Slain Victorville high school football player Richard Reed remembered

A football player at Silverado High School in Victorville was found shot to death over the weekend, authorities said, leaving his teammates and the campus in shock.

Just after 11 p.m. Sunday, deputies found 17-year-old Richard Reed lying on the street with a gunshot wound, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene near the intersection of La Mesa and Jade streets in Victorville.

Richard was a standout player for the Hawks’ football team, the Victor Valley Union High School District said in a statement.

According to the statement, his teammates and family held a private vigil Monday night after practice that night was canceled.

“Some of the players are still taking it hard,” said Silverado head coach Keron Jones. “We will gather the team after school just to give them some time to mourn together. I told the coaches that we let everything happen organically. … We’ll try to keep everything going at their pace. They ran around and threw the ball after school [Monday]. So I think once they get back into the element of football it will help them cope.”

Richard was an honor roll student and was named the 2021-22 Desert Sky League Defensive Player of the Year by district. He played linebacker, running back and punter.

Jones said the senior was “one of only a handful of kids” he can remember who started all four seasons at the varsity level.

“He was so good,” said the coach. “His energy was contagious. He was so respected by his teammates.”

School officials provide grief counseling for students and staff.

“Some of his closest teammates were heartbroken,” said Principal Heather Conkle.

Silverado will play a first-round playoff game Friday night and plans to don helmet stickers in Richard’s honor.

The team meets St. Francis, a La Cañada-Flintridge private school whose players will also wear helmet stickers in Richard’s memory, the district said.

Players from district rival Victor Valley High School will also don the helmet decals for their Friday playoff game.

“There was a flood of support,” Conkle said.

Anyone with information about Richard’s shooting is asked to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Homicide Unit at (909) 890-4908.

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