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Photo Gallery: Junior Seau Remembered at Oceanside Paddle-Out

Locals honored the former Chargers player Sunday.

Friends and fans of ex-Chargers linebacker Junior Seau, who killed himself Wednesday with a shot to the chest, held a paddle-out memorial in front of his waterfront home in Oceanside Sunday.

The 43-year-old Oceanside native played 20 seasons in the National Football League, mostly for the Chargers, but also for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots. In 1992, he created the Junior Seau Foundation, an organization formed to raise money and other resources for programs that educate young people and guide them on positive paths.

The San Diego Chargers will host a public celebration of life* in honor of the former linebacker and community icon at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, at Qualcomm Stadium, according to team officials. Guest speakers share stories and memories of the positive impact Seau made.

The Qualcomm parking lot is scheduled to open at 2 p.m. and gates at 4:30 p.m. Team officials expected a large crowd and urged attendees to arrive early and carpool or take the trolley.

Seau is survived by two sons and daughter by ex-wife Gina Deboer. They divorced in 2002.

—City News Service

*Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained outdated information on the public memorial for Junior Seau.

thomas May 07, 2012 at 12:23 AM
That would be 3 sons and I'm sure that will all come out in the wash .. he was born June of 1989 from another. Relationship so please know all the facts before you report them... I know this to true and correct because I know Junior and his oldest son and I know Gina is still in denial because she made Junior get a paternity test ... But one good thing from this is that he was not herassed thru the streams of reporters the day his dad died
Love May 07, 2012 at 04:21 AM
It so sad that the media has left out his oldest son. I agree with the above comment that it's a blessing he didn't get harassed the day his dad died. BUT Tyler deserves the respect of people acknowledging his existence! Junior wouldn't want his oldest being left out of anything, just because he had a different baby mama! So please stop reporting he only has 3 kids. It's 4!! It's hurtful.
Angela May 07, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I know it is very sad that Tyler hasn't been acknowledged. It is painful enough that he has lost his father but Gina should set the record straight to the public about Junior's oldest son. If she has a heart at all she will do this for Tyler. Junior acknowledged Tyler and has paid child support for years and still continued to support Tyler financially and spent time with him. My heart goes out to all 4 of his children. And to all of his family. God bless them.
ibbarbara May 08, 2012 at 06:28 AM
I agree with all of the above comments. The news media have been driving me crazy by not acknowledging his oldest son. I'm sure this has added to childs pain.
Gretchen May 11, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I have to agree with the above comments- I don't know the family personally but have been aware that Tyler is Junior Seau's oldest. Bless his heart, although it is a blessing that he hasn't been harrassed by the media, the downdside is that not having been acknowledged may mean he is not given ALL the support he so desperately needs right now. My husband took his own life and left 4 children and I have to say the children are undoubtedly the most deeply affected and for a much longer period of time, in my experience.My heart goes out to all Junior's children, Tyler, Sydney, Jake, and Hunter- I pray for them daily.

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