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Gaithersburg mourns tragic loss of former All-Sentinel player

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Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

The Gaithersburg High School community is mourning the death of one of its own.

Michael Kirby Alvarado, a former standout football and basketball player at the school, was the victim of a homicide that occurred Nov. 21 at Streamside Apartments in Gaithersburg. He was 25 years old.

Alvarado, who graduated in 2006 and earned All-Sentinel honors on the gridiron, was shot and killed in broad daylight according to Montgomery County police.

The news of Alvarado’s tragic death was met with sadness from those who knew him from his playing days on the football field and the basketball court.

“We had a pretty cool friendship,” said former Sherwood football and basketball standout Deontay Twyman, who played against Alvarado in both sports. “[We] didn’t talk on the phone or hang out together a lot or anything but whenever we would see each other we always caught up and talked.”

He was described by his high school coaches as a leader both on and off the playing field.

“He was one of the finest leaders we’ve ever had,” said Gaithersburg head football coach Kreg Kephart. “He led by example [and] busted his butt all the time and he also was a great talker. He had the gift of gab.”

During his senior campaign at Gaithersburg, Alvarado, a defensive back, recorded 70 tackles and four interceptions to help lead the Trojans to a postseason appearance. He was also named honorable mention All-State.

Alvarado earned a scholarship to William & Mary where he signed a National-Letter-of-Intent in 2006 and was part of a 17-member recruiting class for the Williamsburg, Virginia school that year.

He was a senior captain on the Gaithersburg basketball team where he enjoyed a three-year stint on the Trojans’ varsity squad. He was also a senior class president who was well-liked by teachers and classmates.

“He was one of my favorite kids,” said Kevin Parrish, who spent a decade at the helm of the Gaithersburg boys’ basketball program. “He always had a smile on his face.”

Parrish described Alvarado as a “gifted athlete” who was a “leader by example.”

“I was really happy for him when he got an opportunity to play football in college,” said Parrish.

He was raised by his father and an older sister after his mother passed away at eight years old according to Parrish.

“Everybody who knew him was really saddened [by his death],” said Parrish.

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