Saying Goodbye to Junior Seau

How San Diego mourned and remembered former Charger Junior Seau.

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Wellwishers pay respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Junior Seau's beach home on May 3.
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Wellwishers pay respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Junior Seau's beach home in the days after his death in 2012.
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A memorial for the NFL Legend grew at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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Many San Diegans felt his loss in a very personal way. Some were overwhelmed when they saw the display.
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Seau's Oceanside home was a place where fans and neighbors could gather to pay respects.
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Fred Hodges shows a surfboard he decorated during a 'paddle-out' in honor of NFL star Junior Seau on May 6, 2012 in Oceanside, California.
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Fans leave flowers outside the Seau's restaurant in Mission Valley on Monday, May 7.
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A surfer wades into the surf for a ceremony during a 'paddle-out' in honor of NFL star Junior Seau.
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More images from Seau's Oceanside home.
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Following the ceremony, the NFL great was buried at Eternal Hills Memorial Park Mortuary and Cemetery.
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Rock Church pastor Miles McPherson embraces Seau's father after the funeral.
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Seau's daughter (L) and son (R) accompany their mother Gina Seau as she stops for a hug from older brother Savaii Seau (C) after the funeral service.
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Luisa Seau receives a long hug after the funeral service outside the church.
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Family members wearing white accompany Seau's casket from the church after Friday's service.
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Luisa and Tiaina Seau watch as their son's casket is loaded into a hearse following his funeral service on May 11, 2012.
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Tiaina Seau, father to Junior Seau, stands outside the church following his son's funeral service.
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Mother Luisa Seau and other family members straighten a cloth covering the casket of Junior Seau before a private viewing Thursday night.
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LaDainian Tomlinson and wife LaTorsha arrive to the funeral for Junior Seau on Friday, May 11.
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Following the ceremony, the NFL great was buried at Eternal Hills Memorial Park Mortuary and Cemetery.
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The field at Qualcomm Stadium is prepared for the "Celebration of Life" event planned Friday evening.
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New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees walks out after a 'paddle out' for Junior Seau on Sunday, May 6.
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As the group paddled out into the water, spectators watched from the shore and also paid their respects to Seau.
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Surfers prepare take their boards out into the surf for a ceremony on Sunday.
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Surfers prepare take their boards out into the surf for a ceremony
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Family members visit the memorial outside Seau's home on Friday morning.
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Family members visit the memorial outside Seau's home on Friday morning.
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A well wisher signs a book outside Seau's Oceanside home.
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Photos, cards and notes have been left along with jerseys, footballs, balloons and flowers.
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Wellwishers pay respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Junior Seau's beach home on May 3.
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The memorial placed along South Strand Boulevard grows.
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Wellwishers pay respects at a makeshift memorial outside of Junior Seau's beach home on May 3.
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Balloons with the numbers 55 were placed outside the home of former San Diego Charger and NFL Pro Bowler Junior Seau who took his own life Wednesday.
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So many people wanted to get to Seau's Oceanside home, police had to shut down South Strand Boulevard to traffic.
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Fans brought flowers, jerseys, cards, notes, balloons, flowers, etc. to the scene where the former San Diego Charger died on Wednesday.
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One of the cards left in front of Seau's Oceanside home.
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A fan in a Seau jersey visits the shrine of flowers and notes left outside the sports legend's home in Oceanside.
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Seau's father visited the home early Thursday and openly weeped at the sight of his son's #55 jersey hung on a fence.
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: Carolyn Mitchell helps relocate a memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau that has been building as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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The Cardiff Kook was dressed up in remembrance of Junior Seau on Thursday, May 3.
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: Carolyn Mitchell helps relocate a memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau that has been building as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: A memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau builds as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: A memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau builds as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: A memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau builds as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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A note left outside Seau's home in Oceanside.
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: A memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau builds as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: A memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau builds as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: A memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau builds as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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Families visited throughout the day leaving flowers, pictures, candles and messages outside Junior Seau's home.
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Police tape goes up outside Junior Seau's home shortly after his body is found inside his Oceanside home.
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A photo of Seau was left outside his restaurant in Mission Valley.
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Oceanside police hold up yellow tape to let the Medical Examiner's van enter Junior Seau's Oceanside home.
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A boy and his father left a football outside Seau's home.
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Two boys use rocks to create a cross in the sand across from Seau's home.
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A large crowd gathers around Junior Seau's home, many Seau jerseys can be seen in the crowd.
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Medical Examiner's van leaves with Junior Seau's body.
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One of two boys making a cross on the beach with rocks just outside Junior Seau's Oceanside home.
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Press and public during a press conference on Wednesday outside Junior Seau's home.
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Tiaina Seau, Sr., the father of Junior Seau (C) weeps with other friends and family members at the star linebackers beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Evidence technicians hold items found in Junior Seau's home after he was found dead May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: A man weeps next to a coroners van transporting the body of Junior Seau beach outside of his home after he was found dead May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Onlookers watch behind the police tape line outside Junior Seau beach home after he was found dead in his home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Tiaina Seau, Sr. (C), the father of Junior Seau who was found dead, is consoled with friends and family members at the former linebacker's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Luisa Seau (C), the mother of Junior Seau who was found dead, is consoled with friends and family members at the former linebacker's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Luisa Seau (C), the mother of Junior Seau who was found dead, is consoled with friends and family members at the former linebacker's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Friends and family members of Junior Seau, who was found dead, console each other outside the former linebacker's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Friends and family members of Junior Seau, who was found dead, console each other outside the former linebacker's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: People including friends and family members gather around as a coroners van leaves with the body of Junior Seau at the former linebacker's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest of an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Onlookers watch behind the police tape line outside Junior Seau beach home after he was found dead in his home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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Every minute, more people were arriving and standing around near the driveway to the Oceanside home of former Chargers Junior Seau who committed suicide.
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Officers gathered outside the home of Junior Seau on South Strand Boulevard in Oceanside.
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Fans gathered outside the former Charger's home and mourned the loss of a San Diego icon.
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Police gathered outside the home of Junior Seau to investigate his death.
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Friends and family mourn outside the home of Junior Seau. Police suspect the former Charger committed suicide.
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More than 250 people went outside Junior Seau's home to mourn the death of their hometown hero.
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A van arrived at the scene to take Seau's body to the medical examiner's office.
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Hundreds gathered outside Seau's home to mourn him.
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Mile McPherson(left) , pastor at local megachurch The Rock and former Charger player, spoke with Seau's mother (middle).
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People gathered outside the home of Junior Seau. Family and friends yelled out, "Junior we love you!" A police escort followed the Medical Examiner van to the coroner's facility.
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Hundreds gather outside the house before Seau's body was transported.
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Seau's fans wrote in the sand RIP 55 - which was Seau's number during his time as a Charger.
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Flowers are lined up outside Junior Seau's home.
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NBC 7 San Diego's Mark Mullen reports outside Junior Seau's home.
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Chargers fan Susan Sullivan leaves a picture of her and Seau at his house near some flowers.
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SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 3: Restaurant GM James Velasco helps relocate a memorial for NFL Legend Junior Seau that has been building as fans show their respect to the recently deceased football star at the entrance way of Seau's Restaurant in Mission Valley on May 3, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: Wellwishers Jimmy Garcia (L) and Adam Alvarado create a cross made out of stones across the street from Junior Seau's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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OCEANSIDE, CA - MAY 2: A wellwisher places a hat at a makeshift shrine in front of Junior Seau's beach home May 2, 2012 in Oceanside, California. Seau, who played for various NFL teams including the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots was found dead by his girlfriend in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest in an apparent suicide. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
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