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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A former high school football standout from Kansas City who was killed as he prepared to leave for college has been remembered at a game.

KSHB-TV reports that 18-year-old Roosevelt Cooper was honored Saturday before his former Hogan Prep teammates played and beat Central High School. Cooper was fatally shot Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of a grocery store. Cooper had been getting ready to start his freshman year at Missouri State University in Springfield.

Longtime friend Iley Simmons says Cooper “had a future” and made “everyone laugh.” He says he wants the violence in his community to end.

Sports reporters from across Missouri had named Cooper a second-team Class 3 all-state defensive back after the 2016 season.
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Information from: KSHB-TV