Jerrod Cardae graduated from Monte Vista High School in 2009. He was a high school football star with his whole life ahead of him.
Saturday night Cardae’s family and friends met at the high school to remember the promising athlete gone too soon.
Cardae and another woman were killed in an LA-area double homicide on January 17th.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Police arrested the woman’s ex-boyfriend Brian Anthony Gonzalez in connection with the shooting.
“His smile brightened up the whole room,” Destiny Ladue, the mother of Cardae’s youngest son said. “You couldn't see that smile and not smile yourself, it really was contagious.”
For many like Cardue’s cousin the shock of his death was still too much.
“I've known him ever since we were in diapers,” she told NBC 7. “He was amazing.”
“His spirit will forever love through his sons, his family, and I'm just forever grateful to be a part of his life and to have something so special – a piece of him that I will just cherish forever,” Ladue explained.
While loved ones grieve the police investigation continues in LA.