A community in the East Bay was still in shock Monday night, stunned by the slaying of a star student athlete from Concord in San Francisco over the weekend.
Concord High senior Montreal Blakely was shot and killed far from his campus on the streets of San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood on Saturday.
The prints of Blakely's senior pictures that were taken earlier that fateful day arrived at his home Monday.
Just a few hours after the photo session, Blakely's body was found on Ocescola Lane in San Francisco's Bayview District.
Police say he was shot at least once in the head.
"He was a great guy," said Concord High principal Gary McAdam. "Kid with a 3.6 GPA."
Blakely had a promising future on the football field and in college.
"I didn't know that Connecticut would bring us here to point where we would experience the violence and untimely death of a young man who should never…a mother should never be burying her child," said McAdam.
Blakely's father reportedly lives in the Bayview, but it remained unclear if the teen was there to visit him.
"I'm still in shock. It wasn't just three days ago we were screwing around at lunch play fighting and having fun," said senior classmate and fellow Concord High football player Alex Bates.
Crisis intervention teams met with about 50 students Monday to help them cope with the news. The football team met with counselors first.
"At first when I found out, it was very shocking," said Blakely’s Concord High teammate Marvin Samaile. "He was chill; very easy to hang out with."
Now the team plans to donate Christmas trees to needy families in Montreal's name.
"He was a good kid," said Bates. "Everyone knew who he was and everyone wanted to be around him. He was a good person. A good friend and a good teammate."
A candlelight vigil will be held at the Concord High football field Friday night at 7 p.m.. Students from throughout Contra Costa County are expected to attend.
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