Local Football Stand-Out Murdered

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

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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    • by Diana Location: Colorado sprins on Jul 14, 2007 at 06:33 PM
      My Blessing go out to Diontea's Family. I am so sorry for your lost. Diontea was sweet, loving, and a very special person. He would always show respect no matter what. Only God can understand why this happened to him. I am still trying to find out why it. Diontea was going to go big. Everyone knew it. I just want to thank god for even putting him on this earth and give me the chance to met him. We love and Miss you Diontea. May your journey to heaven be safe.
    • by annalisa perez Location: colorado springs colorado on Jul 13, 2007 at 07:46 AM
      I would like to say THANK YOU to the community for the out poor of blessings from the community. My family has been in close net with Diontea's family, it has truley been a blessing. We are asking if anyone would like to help take part in the dinner monday please call me (719)271-6132 we are in need of food and paper goods. Again I THANK YOU ALL.
    • by Victoria Location: Colorado springs on Jul 12, 2007 at 04:09 PM
      Its such a sad time right now. My brother, nephew and even son have all lost a close friend. Ill tell anyone who will listen. Thank God for the time you had him, do not ask him why. We are lent to this earth by God and when he wants us home, we go. No ifs, ands or buts about it. Easy to say but Ive lived by example in thanking God when he called my mother home. Of course this is much different. Losing an ailing parent as opposed to a tragic loss of a young beautiful child. However, it was meant for Diontea to touch so many lives in his 19 short years. Remember, we can not question God, thank him for the pleasure of having Diontea for 19 yrs.
    • by Davlyn Location: Colorado Springs on Jul 12, 2007 at 09:11 AM
      We all just wanna wake up and text him... Or hear his voice or see his beautiful smile and those gorgeous eyes! We are all in shock becaue is not how Diontea should have died. He never hurt anyone or ran wit the wrong crowd. We are all sonumb because we wnat to wake up from a dream that is slowly becoming reality... All of our prayers are wit Dionteas family and all his freinds... We will miss him so much
    • by Nyareu Thong Location: Washington on Jul 10, 2007 at 02:28 PM
      He was the most appreciative person. He was always nice and was never mean to anyone. He is a good friend to me and I will never forget him for that.
    • by Ciara Wright Location: colorado springd on Jul 10, 2007 at 01:31 PM
      he was a friend he had to be the nicest person you could ever meet and its so hard to believe that people could be so cruel and kill someone so inncoent, it just makes no sense but he will be missed and we love him he will never be forgotten
    • by Clark Location: Temecula, CA (from Co. Springs.) on Jul 10, 2007 at 04:10 AM
      As a former teammate of Diontea's, I know first hand what a great person he was. Always humble, always smiling, always a person you could admire. I didnt admire him for his great athletic ability, I admired him for the way he carried himself. So many people these days, had they been put in his shoes, would have been looking for glory and praise, but not Diontea. He never showboated, never bragged, never put anyone down. He carried himself with a quiet confidence, he knew he was great, but he didnt make it know that he knew it. Out of all the guys I played with in my life, I felt he was most destined for greatness, and now he is gone. He was the guy you always rooted for, the guy from your hometown, that worked hard, and the work was paying off. Now, due to the selfish, senseless, heartless act of the indidual(s), this great person will never see the field again. I dont even know what to say. When I got the news, shock set in, and then it turned to sadness, as I realized that a great person, I had always rooted for, was gone. Now its turning to anger. How could this happen. In my hometown, a guy I knew and watched blossom into a star, is gunned down for no apparent reason. What is the world coming to? My heart now goes out to all those that this great person impacted, as I am one of these people. Diontea, you will always be remembered, for the person you were, not just on the field, but off the field as well. RIP #22
    • by Coach Barry Cosby Location: PAL on Jul 10, 2007 at 02:07 AM
      I am in a dream, A dream where you can not wake up. A dream of a son lost! A son that GOD bless me to know and mentor. Diontea, is and was what every parent would hope that there child would process. Diontea was humble, selfless, society friendly,and a pillow too this time and era. GOD must have needed him because I can not understand! WHY!! Coach Barry Cosby And Family
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