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SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego Sockers player was killed Thursday night when he was hit by a vehicle in Old Town.

Abel "Shadow" Sebele, 26, was in his first year with the professional indoor soccer team.

Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, he was struck and killed by a vehicle while apparently trying to cross Interstate 5 on foot, according to the California Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

General Manager John Kentera released this statement Friday:

"We are extremely shocked and saddened by this news. Shadow, was a wonderful man with a huge heart and everyone in the organization loved him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sebele family. We will forever remember Shadow for his great smile and the kindness with which he treated everyone.”

Sebele was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005, according to the statement. He played for West Virginia University from 2009 to 2012 and joined the Sockers from the Wichita B52's. He was nicknamed "Shadow" as a child because of how he followed his brother around.