Isaih Pacheco overcomes family tragedy to lead Vineland’s football team

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco
Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Isaih’s bedroom dresser doubles as a shrine to lost family members, in addition to storing his many trophies. Below, his parents, Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon, join him on the field at Senior Night.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, has a mirror in his room with some obituaries and memories on his mirror of his lost family. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, has a mirror in his room with some obituaries and memories on his mirror of his lost family. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, plays with his next door neighbor,Exodus DeJesus,10 , throwing a football in his yard. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland at Atlantic City football

Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco all smiles in the 4th quarter against Atlantic City. Oct. 20, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco runs into the end zone for a touchtown during the Fighting Clan’s victory over Atlantic City.

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Vineland at Atlantic City football

Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco after scoring, uses headset to communicate with coaches during the game against Atlantic City. Oct. 20, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland at Atlantic City football

Vineland High School senior Isaih Pacheco runs against Atlantic City High School during fourth-quarter action in a game last week. Pacheco, one of the state’s top players, ran for 222 yards and a touchdown in a game three days after his sister was fatally shot.

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Vineland at Atlantic City football

Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco shows number #1 in the 4th quarter against Atlantic City. Oct. 20, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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vineland at mainland regional football

Vineland’s Isaih Pacheco breaks a tackle by Mainland Regional’s Dean Deveney, Friday Nov. 6, 2015, during their high school football game in Linwood.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, plays with his next door neighbor,Exodus DeJesus,10 , throwing a football in his yard. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland High School senior Isaih Pacheco lost his sister Celeste Cannon to gun violence in September. ‘My sister was like my best friend,’ Isaih said. His brother, Travoise Cannon, was stabbed to death in Bridgeton in January 2016.

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco pump up for the game. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco with his coach Dan Russo. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon at Senior Night. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

A picture of Pacheco’s brother Tavarios Cannon, was stabbed to death last year. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

‘He warms my heart,’ mom Felicia Cannon says of Isaih, shown with his father, Julio Pacheco, left, and dog Kylie.

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon at Senior Night. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

A picture of Pacheco’s sister, Celeste Cannon, who was murdered in September. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco
Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco during National Anthem. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, with his parents Julio Pacheco and Felicia Cannon. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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Isaih Pacheco

Vineland senior Isaih Pacheco, who Rutgers football recruit and start quarterback for the Fighting Clan. Pacheco has had to overcome some horrible tragedies in his life, which includes seeing two siblings shot and killed. Nov. 9, 2017 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

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