Slain football player’s jersey retired at Palo Verde High School

Palo Verde High School retired the No. 70 of slain football player Christopher Privett at halftime of Thursday night’s junior varsity football game against Cheyenne.

Privett had been a center on the Panthers’ freshman football team last fall before being killed in a drive-by shooting while walking home from school on Feb. 15 of this year.

Privett’s parents, Mike and Barbara, were presented the black jersey by Panthers JV quarterback Chaisson Prescott during the halftime memorial.

The team went on to beat Cheyenne, 43-14. Privett, who was 14 at the time of the shooting, was buried in his white No. 70 jersey.

Two individuals, Ezekiel Williams, 19, and Gerald Dawson, 16, have been charged with murder in connection with the player’s death. Their trial is scheduled to start Oct. 20.


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