A former West Valley High School star athlete was fatally shot at a party in Fair Oaks, California, early Sunday morning.
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office responded at 1:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired, according a news release issued by the sheriff's office. Chancellor Fields-Colbert was found in the roadway and had suffered at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Fields-Colbert, who went by the name "Chance," played football and basketball and ran track and field at West Valley. He signed a letter of intent to play football at Sierra College in May 2018 and planned to get an associate degree in business.
“I had Chance all four years and I definitely got to see him grow into the athlete that he was,” former West Valley High School football coach Kyle Allison said.
Fields-Colbert, a defensive back at Sierra College, played in five games as a freshman, recording six tackles, three assists and one interception. At West Valley, he contributed on both sides of the ball and was named an All-Conference Wide Receiver.
“What stood out to me was how fluid and athletic he was when it came to doing different roles and taking on different responsibilities,” Allison said. “It was the things he did that he made to look easy. You know, catching the football, running a route, the way he was able to switch positions from offense to defense to playing defensive back. Or if we put him in a situation where we were like, ‘Hey we need you to play this position,’ you know his willingness to do it.”
In addition to his on-the-field contributions, Fields-Colbert was a leader on the team and brought an upbeat personality to the West Valley locker room.
“Wherever we went he’d have that tailgate speaker and he’d be playing music and would be the first one to get everyone going in the weight room. He was going to crank up the music and get after it,” Allison said. “He wanted to make everyone feel included with what he was doing and his dedication to make sure we were all getting better as a team.”
Fields-Colbert was being remembered Monday at Sierra College, a community college in the city of Rocklin, northeast of downtown Sacramento. Candles, football equipment, a championship T-shirt and the number 27 were placed at the entrance of the school's football stadium, according to CBS Channel 13 in Sacramento.
No suspects have been identified at this time, according to the sheriff's office.
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