Local Football Stand-Out Murdered

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email
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Shattered glass; a broken fence. Diontea Forrest was murdered in a drive-by shooting at Printer’s Parkway and International Circle near Memorial Park. He was a 2006 Wasson graduate.

”It appears to be senseless at this point," Detective Rick Gysin with Colorado Springs Police Homicide Unit says.

A makeshift memorial now honors the 19-year-old.

"Diontea was the nicest person ever, so sweet and kind-hearted. He would give anything to anyone. He will be well-missed," Andrea Apodaca, a friend, says.

"He became the all-time leading rusher in Wasson history," says Mike Verana, assistant coach at Wasson.

Diontea Forrest could run. Number 22 had more than 5,000 yards rushing in his three years at Wasson.

"I'm not that kind of person. I don't showboat," Forest told 11 News in a 2005 interview. The all-state athlete always remained humble, say his coaches.

"To say he was a great football player is an understatement. Everyone knew that. He was a better person," Verana says.

His positive attitude and ability to be a star are what got him recruited to Western State College where he was going to be the starting running back in the fall.

"Whoever took him away from us took a special kid and special person," David Pena, the assistant football coach at Western told 11 News.

But those dreams are now shattered and #22 will never run again. His memory, though, will live on and off the field.

"We're gonna’ miss him," Verana says.

Wasson coaches say they will retire Forrest's football number.

Police are still looking for leads and suspects. They hope anyone with information steps forward. If you know anything about this murder, you can anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

There will be a memorial service Tuesday evening at the Victory Outreach Colorado Springs. The prayer service will start at 6PM and the memorial service will start at 7PM.

Two memorial funds have been set up to help Diontea's family with expenses:

  • Colorado Springs Credit Union
    Account 45771
    Diontea Jackson Forrest Memorial Fund
    (719) 482-7600

  • Key Bank
    Diontea Jackson Forrest Fund

    Read 11 News Sports Reporter Jesse Kurtz's thoughts on Diontea's murder in his blog, Talk Sports.

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