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County LIne Rivals coaches Draven Adame and Darrian Adame at the Colorado State Wrestling Tournament in 2022.
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Tragedy Strikes Again for Southeastern Colorado

By Raina Lucero

January 11, 2023

Many in the region woke Sunday morning to news that yet another sports and life mentor had been taken far too soon. Just last week we were shocked to hear of the untimely passing of longtime area coach and athletic director Erik Melgoza after an accident at his home in Alamosa, Colorado. Now there are unconfirmed reports that Darrian Adame who is known for his awesome athletic skills, sense of humor, and love for all, was allegedly killed in a shooting at an apartment complex in Colorado Springs which he managed.

On Sunday, January 8 KKTV 11 News reported that the Colorado Springs Police were investigating the circumstances that led up to a deadly shooting at an apartment complex there. KKTV stated, “Police responded to a shooting at the Aspen Creek Apartments, near Brookside and S. Nevada, just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Officers found one person shot, with serious injuries. Police updated our 11 News crews on scene around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, reporting that victim had died.”

For those of us that are more removed from the larger cities where it is commonplace to hear of murders, this report hit much closer to us here at home. Though at press time Monday January 9 there is still no confirmation from the El Paso County Coroner that the identification of the victim was indeed Darrian Adame, many friends and family members of Darrian have all but confirmed the unthinkable through Facebook posts and comments.

Darrian Adame is a household name to many in the region as he had a wrestling record going (37-4) through his high school wrestling career at Lamar High School. He was a four-time state placer for the Savages while in that program. He finished sixth as a freshman, third as a sophomore, and was second as a junior, and in 2011, Darrian’s senior year at Lamar High School, he captured the 135-pound state championship in the 3A Colorado High School State Wrestling Championship Tournament.

Darrian was very active in local sports with the youth in the area and coed softball through Lamar Parks and Recreation. In 2021 and 2022 he helped to coach the County Line Rivals Wrestling Team, consisting of area wrestlers from Eads High School, Wiley High School and McClave High School, alongside his younger brother Draven and others including Eads wrestling coach Reagan Lane.

In an interview with Lane, he stated that Darrian helped the past 2 years and that the sophomore, junior, and senior wrestlers on the team this year knew him well. “Darrian helped coach at state as part of our coaching staff and was a big part of our success last year at state along with his brother Draven as the head coach.”

Lane had just come from a lunch gathering with the Eads wrestlers and while he does not know the circumstances of what happened, he did confirm that Darrian’s family called to let him know of his passing. There would be a time at Monday’s Rivals’ wrestling practice where the coaches would talk to the team as a whole to discuss the untimely passing of their coach Darrian Adame.

In closing, Reagan Lane had this to say about Darrian “He was a good coach. The boys really liked him. He had a real knack of being able to get the effort out of the boys. He cared about them and would talk to them on the side and was involved in their lives, making a big difference for them.”

A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night at the yellow softball field in Lamar where many gathered to pray and comfort each other in the wake of Darrian’s passing.

As of now there has not been any official statement from El Paso County Coroner or Sheriff’s Department to confirm that Darrian was indeed the victim of the Colorado Springs shooting. The family has also not released a statement, obituary, or death notice. When more information is provided The Kiowa County Independent will keep our readers updated.

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