Family of Shannon Martin remembers York Generals football player

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YORK, Pa. -- A York family continues to mourn the loss of a father, brother and son.

Shannon Martin, 36, was shot to death, and his body was dumped near I-83 in Springfield Township, York County, last week.

Robin Green, Martin's mother, said, "No one should die the way my son did. He was very much loved. He was a human being - and nobody should be treated that way."

State police have arrested two suspects in connection with his murder: Kevin Brightful, 27, and Luis Quinones, 28.

Martin played football for the York Generals, an independent team.

The Generals played the Willingboro Tigers on Sunday, but one Generals' jersey number was missing from Allen Field: No. 4.

His family remembered how much passion Martin had for the game. He was a linebacker for the team.

"He loved football, and tried to inspire his nephews and nieces and everyone that came around him," his mother said.

He also made an impact on the lives of others.

Jackqueline Green,  his sister said, "Shannon? He's the life of the party. Everybody loved him."

His family misses him every day.

"I'm lost. That was my only brother," his sister said.

Jackqueline said Martin is still with them and his team in spirit.

"This team supports him and we support him. They reached out to us, and no questions asked they gave us full support and I appreciate them. I hope they go hard this season, with or without us there," she said.

People who live in the community wore the No. 4 in his honor while they watched the game.

Robin Green said, "They love him. They took the time out to just come out, you know what I mean? Still support the team and support him - his memory."

Martin leaves behind four children. He was buried on Friday.


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