Community mourns former South High student killed in Southern California – KTVA

Community mourns former South High student killed in Southern California - KTVA

El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl remembered as a good teammate

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. Teammates bow their heads during speech about Mohl. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. Teammates line up to share memories of their friend. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Memorial for former South High student Sladen Mohl held in California

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. Tribute at home plate that was patrolled by catcher Sladen Mohl. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. Collage of photos of Mohl playing at El Camino. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Monday his teammates eulogized him from the pitcher’s mound. It was as almost as if they could still see Mohl at home plate. The star player from Alaska who came to California and in just a year made a life-long impression.

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. PaIge Mohl shares memories of her brother during memorial. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. Supporters bow their heads during memorial. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Feet from the spot where Mohl spent this season catching for the Warriors, his sister Paige spoke on behalf of his parents and four siblings and remembered a life well spent.

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

“That smile he had was something you can’t forget. You look at his eyes. You look at his face and it’s pure happiness,” said Mohl’s teammate.

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. Ty Conrad shares memories of his teammate who left a lasting impression on him. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. ECC coach Nate Fernley shares his thoughts on his freshman catcher from Girdwood, Alaska. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributing Photographer)

Tuesday afternoon the El Camino Warriors will take the field for the final series of the regular season and they will do so without their starting catcher.

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. ECC players walk out to center field at end of ceremony celebrating the life beloved teammate. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

But as his friends and family made abundantly clear Monday, though Mohl may not be here in body, he will always be with them in spirit.

Memorial service for El Camino College baseball player Sladen Mohl, killed last Friday by a driver while crossing Torrance street. The service was held at ECC baseball field Monday April 22, 2019. ECC scoreboard tribute. (Photo by Robert Casillas,Contributin­g Photographer)

19-year-old Sladen Mohl was on the school’s baseball team. So his family and friends remembered him on the field.

Expand TORRANCE – El Camino College baseball coach Nate Fernley remembers the first time he met Sladen Mohl.

TORRANCE (CBSLA) — Monday the El Camino College community memorialized a student killed last week in a DUI crash.

His mom and him came for a visit before school started. We walked them around campus and I really thought these were two of the nicest people Ive ever met, Fernley remembered. They were so polite and nice and just in awe of Southern California. They wanted to go to the beach. I knew we had gotten a really good kid and a really good family.

The Warriors baseball family took a big hit when Mohl, 19, was fatally struck Thursday in Torrance by a car driven by a 16-year-old suspected of being under the influence. Mohl was standing on an island separating lanes at the intersection of Sepulveda and Hawthorne boulevards when he was struck and died at the scene.

Mohl, the Warriors starting catcher, was originally from Alaska. He spent one year at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho before arriving at El Camino.

Family, friends and teammates gathered at ECCs Warrior Field on Monday evening to pay their final respects to Mohl. His parents, Michael Mohl and Kelly Colter, grandparents and four siblings were also in attendance.

It has been tough for them, Fernley said of the team’s players. “Your concern is those 18,19 year-olds that have never had to go through anything like this.”

We moved in the same apartment around the same time in January, said Raymond Graham, a member of the ECC football team who was friends with Mohl. He was a good kid. He never complained about anything. Always had a smile on his face. … When I was going through a lot when my Grandma passed, he was there for me and prayed the whole night for me. He was a good kid.

He was just a kid out here trying to make a way for his family. Coming out here from Alaska, he worked hard every day, did extra work to better himself. We would try to get him out of the house, (but he) never wanted to get out of the house, stayed home, stayed focused and he did everything right. He did the right things in life.

The Warriors tried to get back to a normal routine Monday holding their first practice since last week. It was their first time at the field this season without Mohl.

There will be another first Tuesday as the Warriors play their first game without him. ECC begins a three-game series this week against L.A. Harbor.

He meant a major deal to this program, freshman pitcher Zach Findlay said. The character that he had and the way that he carried himself, he was different in a lot of special ways compared to everyone else on the team. Just the way he approached the game, the way he practiced and prepared and not just on-the-field, but off-the-field, doing what he had to do to make sure he was at the best of his ability.

Losing him … its not going to be easy, and were still trying to understand why this happened. You couldnt find anybody who said a bad word about Sladen. He was always smiling. Everywhere he would go, he had a smile on his face. It was infectious. He’s going to be remembered for the person he really was because he meant a great deal to a lot of us.”

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — From South Anchorage to Southern California, friends, teammates, and coaches remembered Girdwoods Sladen Mohl on Monday.

Mohls El Camino college baseball team held a memorial for the 19-year-old who was struck and killed last Thursday in Torrance, CA a suburb of Los Angeles, by a 16-year-old suspected of driving under the influence.

Many times, Sladen would get to first base, and we would wait to give a sign, said El Camino College head coach Nathan Fernley. Sladen was talking to the first baseman. Not just a Hey good job, but he was seriously talking to the first baseman.

Many times Sladen was talking to the umpire rather than getting signs, Fernlay said, recalling light-heartedness. Sladen, this is great, I know youre probably trying to ask the umpire out to lunch. Could you just get the sign before you do?

An area pastor referred to as Uncle Don spoke about Mohls desire to have his teammates join him at church. Whether they were just getting to know Mohl at college, or for those who knew Sladen since Little League, Mohl had three major priorities in his life — faith, family and baseball.

He was the guy we all went to when times were tough, said former South High teammate Parker Johnson over the phone Monday. Our friend group was defined by character.

A GoFundMe created by Fernlay on behalf of Mohls mother Kelly Holter is raising money to bring Sladen back home to Alaska. As of Monday night, the campaign has raised $47,000 of the $30,000 goal.


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