Grant HS Students, Faculty Mourn Football Player Fatally Shot

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SACRAMENTO --

A Grant Union High football player is dead, while another one is in the hospital after the car they were driving in was hit by gun fire. Sacramento police are searching for the shooter.

"It's messed up — it's wrong. Our kids can't even go down the street without something happening to them," said Denny Augustine, who is a teacher at Grant Union High.

Augustine was at the school's parking lot Friday night, along with other friends and teachers of the players. Many lit candles to mourn the loss of junior Jaulon Clavo, who friends said went by J.J.

"He was just super funny. When the boys got together, they were just clowns," said Dazia Emery, who had 4th period with Clavo.

"It's sad. I see this kid every day — parks his car by my classroom — and a real calm guy," Augustine said.

Sacramento police said five football players went to get some food before their playoff game against Modesto High School. Family and friends identified the two who were struck by gun fire as Clavo and his best friend Mailk Johnson.

Clavo and Johnson were both sitting in the front of Clavo's car, a 2014 Chevy Malibu, when shots rang out at Silver Eagle Road and Mable Road in North Sacramento.

"We're not sure if this shooting occurred from somebody on foot or in a vehicle," said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department.

The other three players in the back seat got their wounded teammates back to Grant Union's campus, almost a mile away.

"This is the place where they felt comfortable and safe to come back to, and that's where they came to get help," Heinlein said.

That's when the campus went on lockdown. Heinlein said his department has little suspect information. Family members told FOX40 Clavo and Johnson had just taken their SAT test last Saturday, and both were looking forward all week to their playoff game against Beyer High School of Modesto, Friday. However, that game was canceled.

"We all need prayer right now. It's hurting. We're all hurting. It's too quiet right now for a Friday night in Del Paso Heights," Augustine said.

Family of Johnson said he remains in stable condition Friday night, and that he was shot through the arm and is expected to recover.