‘It was so sad that his life was taken so young’: Wyandanch community remembers slain aspiring football player
A Long Islander with dreams of playing professional football is being remembered today in Wyandanch.
Suffolk County police say 20-year-old Alonte Shipp was fatally shot at around 4:30 a.m. Monday outside his family’s home on Lake Drive in Wyandanch.
Shipp’s family tells News 12 they believe it was due to a dispute over a girl.
He graduated from Wyandanch Memorial High School in 2019 where he played football and ran track and field.
A vigil was held outside the high school Monday evening.
Shipp’s aunt, Shanavia Napper, says that “football was in his blood.”
“…He loved football, he loved sports and it was so sad that his life was taken so young,” Napper says.
His former principal and mentor Paul Sibbles says Shipp told him he would go to the NFL and then come back and take care of the school.
After graduating from Wyandanch Memorial High School, Shipp went on to Hudson Valley Community College.
Shipp’s sister, Vonteshia Napper, has a message for whoever killed her brother.
“To the coward who took his life, you didn’t have to do that,” Vonteshia Napper says. “You destroyed a lot of lives.”
There have been no arrests, but Shipp’s family tells News 12 they are confident that police will catch whoever is responsible.