EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Diamond Russell was going places.
The Ginn Academy senior signed on to play college football in Kansas this fall.
Tragically, his young life was cut short last night.
The 18-year-old was shot and killed outside of a gas station just days before he was set to graduate from high school.
Diamond Russell is a name known to his fellow Tarblooders. He was on his way up and out, looking forward to a bright future. Last night turned all that into a nightmare. He drew his last breath lying in a gas station parking lot, shot in the head.
In a Facebook video recent posted Russell talks about his plans saying after leaving Ginn Academy.
"It's the most Ioved I ever had round here," Russell said. "This school is like a family, man, and I'm just blessed to be here."
And no doubt that school family is hurting today because this promising young athlete is gone.
A man who saw the deadly shooting talked about having seen the main suspect in his store several times before.
"I had talked to him and he has said some stupid stuff like... he wanted to bust a cap," the witness said. "He didn't care about his life."
Surveillance video given to Cleveland 19 news shows Russell walking into this this Shell gas station at Euclid and Superior. He walked out, and was shot in his tracks. He was rushed to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Russell, a student at Ginn Academy, played for the Tarblooders of the famed Glenville High School. In fact, he was the nephew of Coach Ted Ginn, Sr.
Russell left a video legacy on Facebook. So those who showed him some love will know that he knew just how blessed he was.
"I might be the first in my family to go to college cause of this place man" Russell said. "The love from Streeter, Jeter, you, all who support me, Mikey, Raz. It's just love man. Nowhere in the world I'd rather be than spend my four years right here."
Russell had big-time dreams not just deferred, but denied by a bullet that took his life and cut his aspirations way short. During the video, one of his coaches asked him a couple of questions that proved prophetic.
"Getting ready to leave Diamond," the coach asked. "How do you feel about that?"
"I'm cool," Russell replied.
"You been prepared?" the coach said.
"Yes sir," Russell responded.
"What you planning on doing with your life?" the coach continued.
"I want to go to college, major in business and minor in sports management, just go on and stay on the right path," Russell detailed.
East Cleveland Police are looking for two suspects: Dontez Long and Alonzo Patterson. Police are asking for any help from the public to find them.
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