GTA soccer community mourns referee Edwin Alvarado, shot dead trying to de-escalate on-field scuffle
Members of the Grand Theft Auto Online soccer community mourned the life of a beloved member of the site, who was gunned down during a deadly confrontation just two days after his death.
Referee Edwin Alvarado, 33, was killed in what was called a “random shooting” on Sunday evening when he tried to de-escalate a scuffle at the weekend.
The incident, in which the suspect fled the scene in a white Honda, was witnessed by many in the GTA-online community, including those who were present when Alvarado was killed.
“He was a wonderful person to meet and have around,” former player and community manager Mike Bragman wrote on Reddit, a community site for GTA online players.
“He was never going to live up to my [expectations], but it was still too soon to say goodbye, and I hope he’s safe and well. RIP EEEAD.”
“RIP Edwin, you will be remembered for your love and kindness for your friends and all fellow GtASoccer players,” another member wrote.
“This is one of a handful of truly terrible events on GtASoccer since I’ve been around,” another added.
“RIP Edwin Alvarado, you will forever be remembered as the most humble and kind man I have ever met. To die doing what someone described on the news as a ‘random shooting’ is something that is not only tragic, but should be avoided.”
‘Just another good day’
Alvarado appeared to be a member of the GTA-online community, spending much of his time playing with team members and offering assistance whenever he could.
He enjoyed a close relationship with fellow refs, often holding out his hand to them to show them the way, and would often be seen walking around the club as they played with their teams.
He had a warm personality, was a great competitor and was a big supporter of GtASoccer, which he was passionate about.
After playing in the game for almost a year, Alvar