Devin Topps could run a 40 meter sprint in 4.8 seconds. At Kentridge High School he used his speed as a running back, eluding defenders and scoring touchdowns on the way to being named a "White Chip" selection by The Seattle Times as one of the state's top 100 high school athletes and recently signing with Eastern Washington University as a linebacker. On Sunday, however, he couldn't outrun someone with a grudge and a gun. The football star and former Kentridge High Prom King was shot and killed outside a Halloween party by an unknown gunman.
The incident went down around 2 am on Sunday morning in Kent. Jose Gomez, a friend of Topps, hosted the costume party at his house and told KING 5 News that it was around that time that a group of people showed up uninvited and started a fight with Topps.
A "fight," however, might be a generous term, as witnesses at the party say it was more like Topps getting jumped by a crowd, then shot when he tried to run away.
"They were all on top of him, I was getting people off him and then I heard a gunshot," said Gomez.
Topps' cousin Aallyah Topps says the group of people waited outside for the sports star to come out of the house and were "arguing over football" before the attack took place.
The suspects are said to be three or four Hispanic or Asian males in their late teens or early 20's.
Topps' Facebook page shows a young, athletic looking Lil Wayne fan with 784 "friends."
His last status update was an eerily prophetic post dated Saturday, that reads: "Wouldve came back for you, I just needed time, to do what I had to do, caught in the light, I can't let you go, whether it's right, I won't ever no!"
College scouting reports talked about the six-foot-two, 200-pound athlete in glowing terms, saying he "ran the hardest" and was the "most consistent" in drills.
Anyone who may know who the shooter or any of the other uninvited guests involved with the fight is asked to call the Kent Police Department at 253-856-5800.