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Double tragedy for Laney athletic community

Football players Moa, Foster die in separate incidents in February

Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 18:05

The Laney College athletic community is currently in mourning over the untimely deaths of two of its former student athletes.

 David Moa of Oakland and Trevion Foster of San Leandro were both first-year students at Laney.

 Moa, 19, was a greyshirt freshman for the Laney football team. A greyshirt athlete trains in preparation for the next season during freshman year, but doesn’t actually practice on field or play in any games during freshman year with the team.

Moa, who came from a Tongan family background, was a very family and community-oriented young man, who was also a big fan of rugby as was a large part of his family.

In fact, the last weekend of David Moa’s young life was spent around the sport that he and his family loved so much—rugby.

On Feb. 11 In the early afternoon of Feb. 11, David Moa, his sister Malia Moa, 17; their half-sister Rachel Fisi’iahi, 19, their cousin George Moa, 19, and another cousin, Hunter Halatoa, 17, were on the road in their 2004 GMC Yukon leaving Las Vegas and headed back for Oakland after a big weekend of fun with family and friends.

George Moa was behind the wheel of the SUV when he apparently fell asleep and lost control of the SUV and smashed into the center divide about 50 miles outside of Bakersfield on highway 58, according to the Oakland Tribune.

David, George, Rachel and Malia Moa were all killed instantly, while 17-year-old Hunter Moa was the only survivor and suffered injuries not considered to be life- threatening, according to the Tribune.

David Moa, who was a graduate of Castlemont high in Oakland where he also played on the football team, was honored and remembered in a memorial service on the campus on Feb. 14.

 Trevion Foster, who was also a part of the Laney athletic community, was a redshirt freshman (practices on field with team during season, but doesn’t play in any games) linebacker for the Eagles. Foster attended San Lorenzo High school and then McClymonds High where he graduated in 2012 and also played for the McCymonds football team as well.

Foster’s life tragically ended on the night of Feb. 13 on the campus of Hillsdale Elementary School in San Leandro where he was allegedly gunned down in a dispute over a dice game at around 9 p.m., according to the SFGate website.

Love was poured out the following day once word spread of the tragedy involving Foster, and was all over his Facebook and Twitter pages filled with messages of love, grief and admiration for the fallen teen by many of his friends.

Laney head football coach John Beam spoke highly of both athletes. “You have to be proud of young men who are going to school and doing the right thing, and that take pride in being student-athletes,” he said.

 A memorial service was held for Foster the last week of February.

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