This from the PCC Courier:
Members of the PCC community are mourning the death of Darryl Stephens, a former football player at PCC who had a troubled stay on campus and died on Monday in a suspected suicide.
Stephens was found in an apartment in Upland after Upland Police responded to reports of gunshots on Sunday.
“According to Upland [Police], in their investigation, suicide was indicated,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony DeCecio.
“I cried like a baby [when I found out],” said PCC Professor Jessie Moore, who taught Stephens. “Darryl used to call me mom. He was that kind of guy. He had issues, like we all do, but was working on his issues.”
According to San Bernardino County Coroner Spokeswoman Sandy Fatland, Stephens was pronounced dead at 12:13 a.m. Monday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center after an original injury at 10:23 a.m. Sunday described as a “gun shot to the upper body.”
The Pasadena City College’s newspaper reported Thursday that Head Football Coach Kenny Lawler remains on paid leave from the school while the administration continues to conduct an investigation.
The college is investigating how a GPS-wearing registered sex offender named Darryl “Slurp” Stephens was not only allowed to register at the college but was a starter on the football team.
Here’s a portion of the story by PCC Editor Jeremy Balan:
According to school officials, the third-party investigation into his “policies and procedures” has concluded, but further action regarding Lawler’s status at the college is unknown.
“Really nothing has changed, even though the investigation is completed. There has not been any decision made. At this point Kenneth Lawler is still on paid administrative leave and that’s basically all I know at this point,” Interim Dean/Athletic Director Beverly Tate said in a phone message on Tuesday.
Here’s what the state Sen. told PCC’s Courier staff regarding Darryl “Slurp” Stephens:
“I’m a strong believer in second chances. If someone has served his time and is deemed worthy to reenter society, a public school should not prevent that person from obtaining an education,” said Scott.
Scott was speaking in an interview after his appearance at the Faculty Flex Day.
The senator’s comments came in the wake of revelations that “Slurp” a PCC wide receiver/tight end was on the PCC fottball team’s roster while wearing a GPS ankle bracelet designed to track high risk sex offenders.
Stephens had been convicted of rape and is listed on the state’s Megan’s Law Web site.