Seaside police identified the man shot and killed in his car on General Jim Moore Boulevard just after midnight Wednesday as 28-year-old Rafael Wynn.
Seaside police said Wynn had no known gang ties and no criminal history.
Those who knew Wynn, like local Olympic bobsled runner Nick Cunningham, said he is reeling from the loss of a friend who he was supposed to go have a beer with this week.
Cunningham, who grew up in Monterey, said Wynn was an amazing guy. They played track and football together at Monterey High and at MPC.
Cunningham said "Ralf" as he called him, was the guy that if you were having a bad day, you could count on him to put the smile back on your face. Right now, Nick is one of many people angry, upset and with so many questions about what happened to their friend.
Wynn was playing on the Salinas Spartans semi-pro football team. Cunningham said Wynn also was active in the community, even worked security during the California Salinas Rodeo this past weekend.
Residents reported hearing shots in the area just north of San Pablo Avenue.
Officers responded and found Wynn in a car with gunshot wounds. He died at the scene.
Seaside police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the department at 899-6748 or the anonymous tipline at 899-6282; or leave a tip at the Seaside Police Department’s online tip website.