Monday was an awful day for the Long Beach City College athletics as the Vikings lost two members of their family. First came the news of women’s soccer assistant coach Sal Marroquin’s that morning, and then came the news of baseball player Jackson Roeder had also passed away suddenly.
Roeder’s cause of death wasn’t certain at print time.
“He was definitely a teammate favorite,” LBCC baseball coach Casey Crook said. “He was kind of one of those quiet guys but he was always in a good mood with a very infections personality and smile.”
Roeder attended Marina High in Huntington Beach where he played for former Long Beach Poly coach Toby Hess. The connection between Hess and Crook is the reason Roeder came to Long Beach.
Roeder, a strong armed catcher/outfielder, redshirted his first year at LBCC, and played a handful of games for the Vikings last year before the season was cancelled.
Crook has scheduled a Wednesday Zoom meeting for all current and former LBCC players who knew Roeder, and said the LBCC mental health staff will be included to help the Vikings cope with their loss.
Roeder’s friends and teammates have already been sharing their condolences with each other online.
“He was just a great guy,” Wilson High and LBCC product Ryan Guerero said. “I don’t think anyone could say bad word about him. He always showed up and did his work and made everyone around him just feel better.”
The LBCC Baseball twitter account was the first to announce the tragic news, and some of its most bitter rivals showed support online.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roeder family and the LBCC baseball program as they mourn the loss of a great young man. R.I.P. Jackson 🙏 https://t.co/RgQSQ9Edmw
Thinking of you guys today https://t.co/HsRVLRWjZL
Funeral arrangements haven’t been announced.
This story will be updated…