by Anthony Beron
Students at McClymonds mourned Tre’Vion Foster, 19, a 2012 McClymonds graduate, who was shot to death on the grounds of a San Leandro elementary school on the eve of Valentine’s Day. His friends at Mack created a memorial, where many called him “brother”. Coach Curtis McCauley referred to him as “the quarterback, the soul of the team.”
A memorial service was scheduled for Friday at 55th and Foothill.
Foster was reportedly killed shortly after playing dice, over a two dollar debt, according to press reports. He was a former star linebacker and a Mack alumnus, who attended Merritt College.
“He was a good kid;” said Mack junior Deshawn Nelson, “He was always respectful, and was pretty much cool with everybody.”
“He was a funny person. Nobody really had any problems with him,” said Jacob Miles, another Mack junior. “He was a good football player and was a cool person. He never got into fights and didn’t hold grudges against people.”
He received praise from coaches and teachers, too. “He was a great young man, who had a great future ahead of him,” said Relonda McGhee, a faculty member at McClymonds High School. “It was senseless for him to die the way he did.”
Foster’s memorial — with a large orange R.I.P. banner and a table with candles, flowers and personal notes –sits near McClymonds High School’s front exit, where everyone is welcome to leave a note of commemoration.