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Football player killed in Compton restaurant CRIME: Narbonne's Dannie Farber Jr. was shot multiple times while on a date.

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A standout football player from Narbonne High School was shot and killed as he was eating a meal while on a date at a Compton restaurant, authorities said Monday.

Dannie Farber Jr., 18, died from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

Farber had just sat down with a girl for a meal about 9:40 p.m. Sunday when a man came into the Louisiana Fried Chicken restaurant, exchanged some words with Farber and then opened fire, his stepfather, Kenny McGee, said in a telephone interview.

"(Farber) stood up and said, 'What are you talking about?' and then he just started shooting," McGee said.

The gunman, whose description was not released, then ran from the restaurant in the 1900 block of Rosecrans Avenue, said sheriff's Lt. Dave Dolson.

Farber, a wide receiver on the Los Angeles City co-champion Gauchos football team, had attended his prom about a week ago and was due to graduate June 16 from the Harbor City school, McGee said.

Teammate Byron Moore Jr., 17, said Farber was looking forward to graduation.

"He was real happy," Moore said, describing Farber, who wore uniform No. 4, as a strong asset to the football team.

"He was always a team player; whatever the coaches asked for, he always had a smile on his face," said Moore, a Carson resident who will attend USC on a football scholarship.

Farber, who was named on the All-City team, had 230 receiving yards on 19 catches and two touchdowns for the Gauchos this season.

Several universities - including UCLA and San Diego State - had expressed interest in possibly offering Farber a football scholarship. In the meantime, he had already started spring football practice by working out with the squad at nearby Los Angeles Harbor College.

The promising athlete - 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds - had played football since he was about 5 years old and was also gifted in track and on the basketball court, McGee said.

Friends and family said Farber was not involved in any gang activity. They were planning to gather Monday evening outside the fried chicken restaurant for a vigil. Relatives, who had been preparing for a graduation celebration, are now making funeral arrangements.

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Dannie Farber Jr., seen celebrating a touchdown in September for Narbonne High School, was shot and killed Sunday night at a Compton restaurant. Farber was a wide receiver for the City Section co-champion Gauchos.

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