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LA-Based Gamer And Former Calabasas High Football Player Killed In Jacksonville Shooting

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Elijah Clayton (Via easports.com)
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One of the victims killed Sunday during a mass shooting at a video game tournament in Jacksonville was a SoCal resident who had attended high school in Calabasas and the San Fernando Valley.

Calabasas High School tweeted that Elijah Clayton, a former student and football player, died after a gunman opened fire during the Madden NFL 19 Classic at a Florida mall. Another player was also killed and nine other people were wounded before the suspect shot and killed himself.

In a video that was livestreamed by the network Twitch, Clayton can be seen playing the Madden NFL game with a smile on his face as he scores a touchdown. As the video feed switches to a kickoff return, gunshots ring out, followed by sounds of panic and chaos.

Clayton was reportedly a talented football player online and in real life. He played at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills in 2012 before transferring to Calabasas High School in 2013.

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The high school acknowleged his death in a tweet Sunday evening.

Clayton was listed as a coach for Top Madden, which offered strategy and other resources to fellow players. Top Madden's CEO, who goes by "Problem" online, tweeted his condolences Sunday, along with a photo showing Clayton and himself at dinner with other gamers.

"All over a videogame," he wrote. "Two of our brothers are gone man and its so disturbing. One of the most tragic days ive experienced. This community is like family. Broken."

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Ryan Fonseca and Alex Cohen contributed to this report.


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