Slain Vacaville Teen Honored, Remembered at High School Football Game

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.


"A lot of pain. I'm pretty numb right now,” said Kevin Ward.

Ward is numb from the heartbreak of losing his son in a senseless shooting this past Sunday.

“It's been a tough week here. But everybody's rallied together and we're all taking care of each other. But it's been hard,” said Vacaville High School Principal Ed Santopadre.

At the end to this somber week, during tonight's football game, the varsity team will be short of one key player, Demetrious Ward.

His teammates will pay homage to him on the field.

“We wanted to do something to honor him and still play a football game. We're gonna give a jersey to his dad, and we're gonna present that and have a moment of silence, read something about him and try and carry on,” Santopadre said.

“I know they're gonna win. I won't know ‘til I get there how it's gonna be,” Ward said.

"Tonight, the game's for him. And hopefully we pull out a win for him,” said RJ Louis, a senior at Vacaville High.

{***"We've pulled together as a team to play the game for Demetrious,” said Vacaville football player Jacob Ash.

Many are wearing special t-shirts created just for tonight.

“He's touched a lot of people here. A lot of kids have really personal memories of Demetrious,” said Santopadre.

So far, police have made no arrests. It’s unclear whether surveillance video from the area of the shooting will prove to be key.

"No updates on surveillance, but we have developed information that helped the investigation move forward,” said Lt. Matt Lydon of the Vacaville Police Department.

So although this Straight-A student, won't ever return to the field where he's spent hours on end, Louis says he’s “looking over us now.”

“His smile, his love, his whole attitude. You know sometime kids are kids. They get on your nerves but, he was a good kid, all in all,” Ward said,

"He was a really good brother to us on the team, for varsity. And we're just gonna miss him so much. But we're gonna do this for him, on Friday nights. We're gonna fight back for him,” said football player Juan Carlos Ruiz.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.