HS football star loses 2 siblings to violence in last 2 years

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Friday, September 29, 2017

VINELAND, N.J. -- An arrest has been made in killing of a mother of three in Millville, New Jersey.[br /][br /]Donald Scurry Jr., 25, was arrested in the area of Commerce Street in Bridgeton on Wednesday, authorities said.[br /][Ads /][br /]He is accused of killing 24-year-old Celeste Cannon. There was no immediate word on a motive.[br /][br /]Cannon is the sister of Vineland High School quarterback Isaih Pacheco, who was [url HREF="[br /]http://6abc.com/sports/vineland-hs-football-player-triumphs-over-tragedy/2458528/" TARGET="blank" REL=""]profiled on TV earlier this week[/url].[br /][br /][media ID="2458522" /][br /]It was noted that not only had Isaih lost his sister to violence, their 30-year-old-brother, Tavarios Cannon, was stabbed to death last year.[br /][br /]Still, he retained a positive attitude and unshakeable work ethic.[br /][br /]"I'm just going to keep my head up and thank God every day for waking me up," said Pacheco.[br /][Ads /][br /]It could not have been a more lopsided game, led by quarterback Isaih Pacheco.[br /][br /]The Vineland High School Fighting Clan football team demolished their opponents in a stunning 42-6 win in Egg Harbor Township last Saturday night.[br /]Isaih rushed for a season high 217 yards, including an 80 yard touchdown.[br /][br /]"I just wanted to keep working hard and every play, every chance I got the ball, I just wanted to make things happen," said Pacheco.[br /][br /]These achievements are all the more remarkable when you consider that only two days earlier Isaih's sister, 24-year-old Celeste Cannon, was found shot to death. The gunman has not yet been identified.[br /][br /]Unfortunately, these are not the only tragedies Isaih has seen in his life. He also recently lost his grandmother and his uncle.[br /][br /]Some other kids would have turned around and given up, but not Isaih.[br /][Ads /][br /]His coaches said Isaih is an inspiration.[br /][br /]"He's a special kid," said Vineland High School Coach Dan Russo. "He's been through a lot the last year and a half and you know, we're just here to support him."[br /][br /]For Isaih's parents, his courage and perseverance is helping them deal with their grief.[br /][br /]Isaih's mother, Felicia Cannon, said he continues to be strong for her.[br /][br /]"I just want him to see his goal in life," she said.[br /]Isaih's father Julio Pacheco said he wants to make sure the family is good and that he succeeds.[br /][br /]"He wants to be the face of his hometown and he's an outstanding kid," he said.