SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - In the stark light of the day after a tragedy, shock turns to sorrow. Raw emotions are replaced by reality and easy answers are not available.
Sam the barber has been cutting hair for 52 years. He has nothing but admiration for Junior.
"He was such a beautiful person and he had such a beautiful life," Sam said.
Tom "The Charger Guy" has single-handedly turned not only his personal vehicle, but transformed an entire Sierra Mesa neighborhood into a sea of blue and gold.
"I don't even know how to hand it myself. Nobody will ever forget him. He was the epitome of go get 'em," Tom said.
Tom was coping by hanging tributes to his fallen hero.
"He was so positive and uplifting. It's a part of San Diego that died," he said.
Michelle Dykstra echoed the sentiments of a lot of San Diegans.
"I just worry about his family and his children and wish them all the best. He was a public figure who had a private life," she said.
All across town, the pain was still visible, the memories still vivid.
"A great human being, a humble human being… helped the city, donated a lot of money to charity… always remember him," a fan said.
To start the healing process, if we as individuals reach out to our own communities, if we lend our time and energy to help those in need, if we understand, as Junior Seau did, that public service serves the greater good, then the spirit of Junior Seau will live inside all of us forever.