Casa Mourns the Loss of One of Its Family Members

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    I am deeply sorry to report the news that our Primera Commissioner, ShaneKelly, was murdered Saturday night in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong.Shane was returning home after an evening out celebrating with his girlfriendwhen an armed robber apparently shot him in the chest while fleeing.  Shane wasrushed to Temple University Hospital were he was later pronounced dead.

    Shane was a huge supporter of the Casa Soccer League and a member of its boardof officers for two years before his sudden passing.  However, Shane's presencein the community extends much further than soccer.  As one of the leaders ofthe fraternal organization, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Shane constantly gaveof himself and his time to several charities that benefit NortheasternPhiladelphia.

    Casa Soccer League will be honoring Shane's dedication to soccer and ourorganization by renaming the Primera Cup, "Kelly Cup" and donating to amemorial fund of the Kelly Family's choosing.  Additionally, this Saturday'smatches will be prefaced with a minute's silence to honor Shane and the lastingimpression he made on all that crossed his path.  We ask that all line up priorto kickoff and be respectful of this.

    While this shocking and troubling news is difficult to process at this momentin time, I hope it provides us with a bit of perspective as to what is trulyimportant in life and allows us to remember we're all family.  I hope thissense of togetherness can be more evident than it has been on the soccer fieldthe past few weeks.

    I know Shane would have wanted the league to continue its success so I ask thatwe all continue to honor his memory with our commitment to service.

    Shane Kelly will be missed.

                                     Very Truly Yours,

                                       Ryan Pine

                                       President, Casa Soccer League
Posted by Ryan Pine, Created Mon Nov 14, 2011

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