Friends and fans of ex-Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, who killed himself Wednesday with a shot to the chest, held a paddle-out memorial in front of his waterfront home in Oceanside Sunday.
The 43-year-old Oceanside native played 20 seasons in the National Football League, mostly for the Chargers, but also for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. In 1992, he created the Junior Seau Foundation, an organization formed to raise money and other resources for programs that educate young people and guide them on positive paths.
The San Diego Chargers will host a public celebration of life* in honor of the former linebacker and community icon at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Qualcomm Stadium, according to team officials. Guest speakers share stories and memories of the positive impact Seau made.
The Qualcomm parking lot is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. and gates at 4:30 p.m. Team officials expected a large crowd and urged attendees to arrive early and carpool or take the trolley.
Seau is survived by two sons and daughter by ex-wife Gina Deboer. They divorced in 2002.
—City News Service
*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained outdated information on the public memorial for Junior Seau.