ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The death of a former Rockford College football player is sending shockwaves through the small campus.
"Dionte was a kid who could make people laugh. He could make anybody laugh no matter what. He had a really bright personality, he was really happy all the time," Rockford College student Michael Krieter, said.
Dionte Maxwell,18, spent just one semester playing football at Rockford College, but made a lasting impact.
"It was just non-stop smiles from that kid and I loved him to death," Rockford College student Seth Swinehart, said.
Police say Maxwell was shot and killed Friday night at a family member's birthday party in Chicago. According to the Chicago Tribune three alleged gang members came into the home and crashed the party. When one of the suspects, Charles Southern, 19, punched Maxwell a fight broke out and Maxwell was shot three times.
His coaches and teammates say they were shocked to hear what happened.
"He wasn't a kid who ever got in trouble. He was a really good kid so I was like how could this possibly happen to him," Krieter, said.
Now maxwell's football family is left coping with his death.
"This is something our players are always going to remember: Dionte and the type of person he was and the memories are not going to die," Head Football Coach Vic Wallace, said.
School is out for the summer but Rockford College does have counselors available for students struggling with Maxwell’s death.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford College Community is mourning the loss of one of their former students. He was shot at a weekend birthday party on Chicago’s South Side.
Chicago Police say 18-year-old Dionte Maxwell was at a family party Friday night when some uninvited guests showed up. Maxwell got into a fight with them and was shot and killed. The teen played football last season at Rockford College. His former teammates say Maxwell was quiet, but full of smiles.
“He’s probably one of the funniest kids I’ve ever met and he was just non-stop smiles from that kid, and I loved him to death, said Seth Swineheart, a student at Rockford College.
Maxwell left the college after the first semester, but his teammates say he was hoping to come back and play football again in the fall. Maxwell’s death comes as a shock to many on the team who described the teen as a good kid. The players and coaches are banding together in this difficult time. They say they’ll move on, but Maxwell’s memory will stay with them.
“It’s not just about x’s and o’s, but its about you know, giving your all every day and inspiring other people to make smart decisions and cherish every moment you have like it’s your last,” said Jason Ware, Rockford College Assistant Football Coach.
A number of players from Rockford College’s football team plan on attending Maxwell’s funeral and presenting his number 18 jersey to his mother.
Police say 19-year-old Charles Southern and two 16 year-olds are charged with Maxwell’s death. TH e16-year-old are charged as adults.