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Football: Morningside players mourn loss of assistant coach in fatal shooting

Grief counselors were at Inglewood Morningside on Monday helping football players deal with the death of assistant coach Eddy Lewis, who was killed in a shooting early Saturday in South Los Angeles.

Lewis, 28, was dropping off a friend when a gunman opened fire, according to the LAPD.

Lewis was a standout defensive back during his playing days at Woodland Hills Taft in 2002 and 2003. He was a linebacker coach at Morningside and worked as a nurse. Two of his brothers also coach at Morningside.

“He was a great kid and a role model for our kids, and they are devastated,” Morningside Coach Derwin Henderson said.

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“What a tragedy,” said Troy Starr, who coached Lewis at Taft.

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