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San Diegans Hold Vigil For Junior Seau

Locals gathered outside Seau's in Mission Valley and at Qualcomm Stadium to remember the beloved Chargers star



    San Diegans remembered beloved Chargers alum Junior Seau Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil in Mission Valley.

    The gathering took place outside of Seau's Restaurant, where dozens of fans honored the hometown hero with candles, flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, cards, posters and other messages of love.

    One note read: "God Bless the Greatest Charger, #55."

    Seau, 43, died of an apparent suicide Wednesday morning in his Oceanside home, according to investigators.

    Seau's Restaurant Closed After Tragedy

    [DGO] Seau's Restaurant Closed After Tragedy
    Seau's The Restaurant is closed this afternoon. Dozens of people came through, leaving flowers, cards and candles. Danya Bacchus spoke to fans Alma Lerma, Antonio Williams and Luis Pedroza about the passing of the restaurant's namesake, Junior Seau.
    (Published Thursday, May 3, 2012)

    On Wednesday night, it was evident San Diegans were still reeling from Seau's sudden death.

    Many fans wore Seau's jersey as they stood in front of the restaurant in disbelief.

    Some shared stories of how Seau inspired them, others talked about what the player meant to them.

    Messages on Twitter Wednesday indicated fans are also trying to organize a special "Moment of Silence" for Seau, to be held at 5:55 p.m. on 5/5 -- in honor of Seau’s iconic Chargers jersey number, 55.

    Ernie Padaon, editor of the Bolt Beat, told NBC 7 San Diego that his bloggers threw the idea out there on Twitter, and it really picked up steam when Reggie Bush retweeted it to his 2.4 million followers.

    "We would love for people to take a minute to remember our San Diego legend on 5/5 at 5:55 p.m.," said Padaon.

    On Thursday, Seau's brother told NBC 7 San Diego that official funeral services for Seau's family and friends would be held on Friday, May 11, at the New Venture Church in Oceanside.

    A public service will follow on Saturday, May 12, at Oceanside High School.

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    Junior Seau Happier Times

    [DGO] Junior Seau Happier Times
    NFL Pro Bowler Junior Seau spoke with Jim Laslavic in November 2011 just before his induction into the Chargers Hall of Fame. In this exclusive interview, Seau talked about how he needed to "find his passion."
    (Published Thursday, May 3, 2012)