Family, friends mourn the loss of Junior Seau
Former NFL great found dead in California home
- Duration 5:43
- Date May 2, 2012
Former NFL great found dead in California home
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-- Wednesday night one of pro football's greatest defensive players of all time is did.
The linebacker legends junior sale apparently shot and killed himself to -- police say at his home in Southern California.
Crowds of people lined up outside that home -- family and friends plugged in console each other.
Police say sales girlfriend found him with a gunshot wound to the chest.
And shortly after we learned of his debt junior -- -- mother.
Came to share her heart break during a news conference raw emotions on display at times very difficult to watch.
I had checked the but I've -- today.
Everybody felt quite yet she'll lay out -- this.
It's gotten so bad do you guys.
I said today we thank you I've -- day.
You guys tell you I thought don't but sad.
I don't know does that you do it is don't -- that.
But I bragged about being.
Get me -- me and my.
But he's doing today.
The sale was an enormous presence on the field during twenty seasons with the chargers -- the dolphins and the patriots.
He went to the Pro Bowl a dozen times straight.
Even found time to open a restaurant in San Diego that became very popular at one point rated the best of its kind in the city.
And during its retirement he started a reality show called sports jobs -- junior say up but after his playing days ended there were signs of serious trouble.
In his personal life.
Trace Gallagher with the news live and West Coast news -- this afternoon first hit it seems sale possibly -- found -- his girlfriend found him that's right now.
Yet he had seven more she found -- -- and conscious that you said with a gunshot wound to the check she immediately called 911 and shortly -- after paramedics arrived.
They tried to revive Junior -- but they failed.
A source tells me inside the sheriff's department his girlfriend was also given a test to see of gunshot residue.
Was on her hands that is standard police work they are investigating this.
As a suicide and in her very emotional statement junior's mom says in recent days he seemed fine was.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Tuesday the -- -- bat bat.
Out of I hadn't seen him but I voted.
It's shocking to me you know keep him being.
-- got bad -- don't know whether -- bought me.
You know it's not -- did.
Pure and I don't have a -- -- you guys.
Junior loved his mom very much is mom was always very protective of him -- you can see the family singing outside.
After junior's body was discovered.
That is a long standing Samoan custom -- Trace.
There was a time a couple of years ago we had a car crash drove off a cliff I guess it was and and there were questions -- about whether that was an accident.
And at George junior said that he would never kill himself he says he simply fell asleep in the police report backed -- -- that there were no drugs or alcohol in his system in fact.
He was driving home from jail because he'd been arrested the night before for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend now it's unclear if that's the same girlfriend who found him today.
But those who live in the area say that junior say -- has been very non visible lately listen.
I told my husband -- -- that he had been a bit of everything recluse and this last week and last week and I didn't -- around.
And normally -- like on -- -- interacting with everybody and I don't -- dramatizes because I don't know anything about what happened.
I'm not close of this man -- we've just been neighbors for about ten years.
-- the neighbors often said a Junior -- was not out surfing -- Junior Seau was not at home.
-- he was one of the most popular and charitable and helpful -- -- in the whole league get the entire southern part of California seem to just love it.
Was he ever man they loved him in San Diego mean there are now memorials outside of his house outside of his restaurants which -- you said it's still very successful today.
Junior Seau was involved in more charities.
With more kids than anybody in San Diego -- ever was he raised millions he was born and raised in San Diego played football there.
He loved this city and clearly they loved him in return this.
-- was -- all you pray for this family and we don't know -- family is all of San Diego -- what he has an immediate family.
That's right behind us so.
We asked you pray for them.
-- -- -- -- The people that you love.
Yeah I met Junior -- many many times -- he was one heck of a football player and also one heck of a man.
-- that certainly was Trace Gallagher live in Los Angeles.
Well -- sales first theme is hometown team of course the chargers and today the San Diego teams' president issued a statement about sales -- reads in part.
I'm shocked and devastated junior was my friend we all lost a friend today.
He goes on to say junior was an icon in our community he transcended the game.
The former football player Junior Seau.
Did tonight he was 43.