Oakley high school softball team holds vigil for slain Sgt. Scott Lunger

OAKLEY, Calif. (KGO) -- A special vigil was held Monday for the Hayward police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

Sergeant Scott Lunger was shot and killed during an early morning traffic stop and he was remembered at Freedom High School in Oakley where he volunteered as a coach.

On the field at Freedom High School in Oakley, Sgt. Scott Lunger was "Sarge," the volunteer assistant varsity softball coach.

"Scott put in his 12 hours plus and then came out here and put in another three to four hours with us," said Scott Adams , Freedom High School's assistant coach.

His team held a vigil Monday to remember how Lunger inspired them to win the league championship even though nearly half of them were only freshmen.

"It's going to be rough. And you know we'll stick together," said Brook Russo, Freedom High School softball coach.

Head Coach Brook Russo, who was celebrating the birth of his first child, says Lunger texted him a few hours before he was killed.

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"He texted me,'Hey I just got back. I got to take a nap. I got to go to work. In the morning when I get home, I'll call you and we'll go get some breakfast and I'll get to see the baby,'" Russo said.

That never happened. Instead, Russo will be a pallbearer at his friends funeral and the Freedom High School Falcons will be there wearing the other uniform Lunger loved.


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