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College football player from Fairbanks killed in California shooting

FAIR OAKS, Calif. — Police in Northern California are investigating the killing of a college football player from Fairbanks who was fatally shot during a teammate’s farewell party.

Chance Fields-Colbert, a West Valley graduate, was shot Sunday at a party in Fair Oaks, about 100 miles north of San Francisco. He was taken to a hospital where he died, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office said.

Fields-Colbert was heading into his sophomore year at Sierra College in nearby Rocklin.

Friend Jovan Bowie said Fields-Colbert was shot after an altercation at a going-away party for another teammate.

“I just got a text from a teammate just saying that someone had got shot,” Bowie, who played on the team with Fields-Colbert, told KCRA-TV. “These shootings just need to stop.”

Sierra College football coach Benjamin Noonan said the team is mourning the loss of their teammate and that a memorial was held on campus in Fields-Colbert's honor.

"The young man was working 4 a.m. shifts in construction and then coming to practice and going to school and just doing everything right, everything you ask a young man to do," Noonan said.

"There is no playbook for this. It's a nightmare." he added.

On Sunday night, hours after the shooting, students gathered on campus to grieve.

"It reminds us all how precious life is and losing somebody that was so promising and had such a full life ahead of him, it's really rough. It's rough to take," Sierra College President Willy Duncan said.

Counselors were available on campus for students, faculty and staff.

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