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  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    An undated portrait of Joshua Davis was placed with other photos and mementos at a memorial on Monday Dec. 16, 2013 for the Cosumnes Oaks High School senior that died after a crash on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 as he traveled north on Bruceville Road with another friend who was injured and released from the hospital. "He was a cool dude. That was my man. He always make everyone laugh. He had everyone's back. Kept us going and motivated as our bas, as family. My regards go out to his family. We were with him just an hour before the accident," said Asin Homgphakdy, a friend of Joshua's after he lead a prayer at the spot were he crashed to a light pole on Bruceville Road.

  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Thalia Mayorga, Julian Amezcua, Salvador Guzman, Daniel Singh, Mario Amezcua, Asin Homgphakdy, Brandon Romby, Shawn Nuval, and A.J. Okocha, all friends of Joshua Davis, say a prayer for him on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at the spot were his car crashed into a light pole that killed him on Saturday. Davis was a senior a Cosumnes Oaks High School, football player and was a great friend to all of the them they said.

  • Diane Schroeder

    Joshua Davis, in the gray Wolfpack shirt, was killed Saturday Dec. 14, 2013 in a car crash in Elk Grove.

  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Friends and classmates of Joshua Davis, a 17-year-old Cosumnes Oaks High School senior who was killed on Bruceville Road in South Sacramento on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, pay their respects at the site were a memorial has been placed on the sidewalk on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. Daniel Singh, standing, said he was very close to Davis as they spent most days together.

  • Hector Amezcua / hamezcua@sacbee.com

    Jordan Harris, 14, sits by a memorial for Joshua Davis who died after a single car accident on Bruceville Road in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. On Monday, she explained that she and her family were the first to arrive at the scene where Joshua Davis was killed as he traveled north on Bruceville Road in South Sacramento. The car landed on the sidewalk next to the house where Jordan lives.

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    Wolfpack Football and the Culinary Arts department will be sponsoring a “drive-through” dinner Thursday (Dec. 19), in which people can pick up a “BBQ Dinner to Go for 4” prepared by Sac City Eats. All proceeds will go to the Davis family.

    The menu consists of BBQ chicken, potatoes, corn, beans, and rolls. The portions are 16 ounces and can feed four people.

    Tickets for the meal cost $45, and can be purchased either after school in the Culinary Arts department at Cosumnes Oaks High School, or by e-mailing Kerri Hock at Khock@egusd.net.

    The meals can be picked up between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the COHS Culinary Parking Lot (library area).

    Friends and families can also make a donation directly to the Wolfpack Boosters through the Josh Davis Fund. Donations can be dropped off at the school’s front office, a table at the dinner pick-up Thursday, or by e-mailing Mary Beth Kropp at mbkropp@frontiernet.net.

Cosumnes Oaks students mourn senior football player killed in car crash

Published: Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 - 8:33 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 - 8:36 am

The mood at Cosumnes Oaks High School was somber Monday as students, faculty and staff mourned the loss of a popular football player.

Joshua Aaron Davis, 17, died Saturday after he lost control of a car and struck a pole on Bruceville Road near Shelby Street as he prepared to spend the evening with his friends. Davis, an Elk Grove resident, was a three-year starter on the Cosumnes Oaks varsity football team and was picked by his teammates this season as Defensive Lineman of the Year.

“Josh was a phenomenal young man,” said Ryan Gomes, head football coach at Cosumnes Oaks. “He epitomized the student-athlete that we look for. He was a caring and compassionate kid who loved his teammates dearly. He was well loved and well respected by his teammates, the coaches and the entire school community.”

The accident dealt another tragic blow to a family that mourned the loss of Joshua’s father last year from pancreatic cancer.

Shawna Davis had looked forward to celebrating Christmas this year after her husband’s death cast a pall over the holidays last year. A number of relatives had moved to Elk Grove from other states recently, and her older son, Dennis Jr., or D.J., who was in the U.S. Army, had returned home this month after a tour in Afghanistan.

“I was looking forward to having a year of celebrating being happy,” she said. “Last year, we were in the process of mourning, and this year was supposed to be happier, and now we’re mourning again.”

But she said she will celebrate Christmas to honor her son.

“Everyone is so hurt by his loss, but I’m not choosing to mourn the loss. I want to celebrate his life,” she said. “What would make Josh happy is how I want people to remember him and think about him – the joy that he brought to people. I want to carry on that joy as much as I possibly can.”

According to Sacramento police, two carloads of friends had refueled their vehicles at a gas station not far from the accident site. One car, with three people, left first, heading north on Bruceville Road.

Joshua drove the second car with one passenger, following the first vehicle. At one point, he passed a slower-moving vehicle and his vehicle clipped the raised center median. That caused him to lose control, and the car hit the pole, with the impact of the crash centered on the driver’s side door.

The passenger, another Cosumnes Oaks football player whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries. The car belonged to the passenger’s mother, Shawna Davis said.

Alcohol and drugs were not factors, said police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante. However, investigators are considering Josh’s relative inexperience as a driver as a cause of the crash, she said.

Gomes said he had received calls from several football players Saturday night telling him that Josh had been in an accident. Coaches, teammates, teachers and the principal rushed to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in south Sacramento. Shawna Davis estimated at least 50 people showed up.

After Joshua was pronounced dead, the medical staff allowed his teammates and coaches to say goodbye to him.

“We remained with him for a few hours,” Gomes said. “We were able to talk as a team and say goodbye to him. It was an incredibly rare and powerful moment for our players and the coaches involved.”

Kameron Schroeder, 17, who knew Joshua since middle school and played next to him on the Cosumnes Oaks offensive line, remembered his friend as a devoted teammate with a tremendous work ethic. Schroeder recalled how Joshua sacrificed for the team in a playoff game last year against Christian Brothers.

“His father had pancreatic cancer and had passed away just before the first playoff game,” said Schroeder. “He played in the game because he knew how important that game was. He led our team in tackles in that game. He knew how important he was to us, and how important he was to the team. That was his passion for the sport.”

Despite his love for the game, he did not follow any collegiate or professional football teams, according to his family and friends. While he drew the attention of scouts, he wasn’t interested in playing college football.

“His dream was to go to the University of Hawaii and he wanted to study marine biology,” said his mother. “He loved science and that was his dream.”

Sunday night, hundreds of friends and schoolmates held a candlelight vigil for Josh at the crash site. Monday, the Elk Grove Unified School District had eight law enforcement chaplains and 10 counselors on hand at the school to help students cope with the loss.

In addition to his mother, Josh is survived by his sister, Jessica Davis of Elk Grove, his brother Dennis Davis Jr (D.J.) of Elk Grove, paternal grandmother Deneva Davis of Sacramento, paternal uncles Barron Davis of Sacramento and Scott Davis of Hollywood, Fla., maternal uncle Darren Metzing and his fiancee Carmen Marti, both of Sacramento, and Shawna Davis’ boyfriend, Glenn Thompkins of Elk Grove.

Services for Joshua Davis will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sun Grove Community Church, 2285 Longport Court, Elk Grove. His body will be cremated.


Call The Bee’s Tillie Fong, (916) 321-1006.



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