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Man killed in Ypsilanti-area shooting remembered for his love of football

Man killed in Ypsilanti-area shooting remembered for his love of football

 


WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI — Shawn Cameron Jr. had two foundations in his life: football and God.

He always knew what was right, but now he was doing right, said Stacey Mack, Cameron's mother.

Cameron, 37, died Monday, May 20, in a shooting in Ypsilanti Township. Although police have not yet released his name, Mack confirmed that her son was the man killed.

Relatives and friends have filtered in and out of Mack's Ypsilanti-area home over the past week as they and others prepared for Cameron's funeral. They plan to bury him in his jersey with a football in the coffin. Cameron was a linebacker and running back at Ypsilanti Community Schools, but played football long before that, Mack said.

Football was a way for Cameron to express herself, she said.

Cameron coached at Washtenaw Junior Football and Cheer Maize, where he touched the lives of his players for the past six years, said Adriya Perry, president of the volunteer organization.

Knowing Shawn means loving Shawn, Perry said.

He was always available to help with whatever she needed, Perry said, often arriving early and staying late. He was especially devoted to his players, who kept coming back to him despite his reputation for being tough.

The community has certainly lost a good one, she said.

Police were called to the 100 block of Russell Court in Ypsilanti Township on May 20 around 8:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired, said Derrick Jackson, spokesman for the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Cameron, of Ypsilanti, died at the scene.

Another woman, a 39-year-old resident of the apartment complex, was shot in the leg. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, police said.

No information about the suspect has been released.

Read more: One killed, another injured in a shooting in the Ypsilanti region

Cameron had grown into its own country in recent years, Mack said. She had been a young mother and the couple grew up together in many ways, she said, which led to problems later in life.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections, Cameron served several years in prison for home invasion, theft and assault. Although he never gave details to his players, he wanted to prevent them from making the same mistakes, said Maize head coach Tremaine Thompson.

All those things that children need as they grow up from adults and that many of them don't get, Thompson said. He could achieve the things they couldn't get at home.

Thompson learned to express affection for his male friends thanks to Cameron, who often told Thompson he loved him.

When you lose a friend, you realize how much you love them, Thompson said. Tell them while they're here.

Although she had always taught him to love God and love himself, his mother only recently began to see the fruits of those lessons, she said. He wanted to leave a legacy by doing well, she added.

I've seen him be the man I knew he could be, she said,

Cameron is survived by his mother and daughter Amirreyieh Cameron. A community memorial event will be held at Shadford Field, 2095 Packard Street in Ypsilanti on Sunday, May 26 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

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