When 22-year-old Marcus Dixon was in the seventh grade his father drove him to Stamford, Connecticut, dropped him off and told him 'Kid, you're on your own now.'
Thankfully, Marcus was taken in and later adopted by the McInerney family. He went on to become captain of the Stamford High School football team.
According to his coach, "When he came to us there were a lot of things that we needed to address that had nothing to do with football, but we used football as a way to deal with them. The turnaround that kid made is probably the greatest I have ever seen in my 20 years of coaching."
Marcus went on to play football at West Point before moving back to Stamford. Last week he was showing his Glock handgun to friends when he unintentionally shot and killed himself.
According to police, "The gun came out, they said he pulled the magazine out, started showing everybody, and then at that point he put it up towards his head and we think he believed the gun was unloaded and it went off."
His friends tried to perform CPR to save his life but police say knowing the type of gunshot wound he would never have survived it.