Moises Martinez’s legacy at Selma High School will live on forever. Martinez passed away on March 26 after a unexpected brain aneurysm put him in the hospital in October.
He was 25.
Martinez was rushed to the hospital in October where he underwent emergency surgery. He has a aneurysm and a ruptured vein caused by a serious genetic condition, described as a tangle of veins in the back of his head.
Many of Martinez’s friends, coaches and teammates shared their thoughts about the young man who was lost way too soon.
"Moises was one of the best players to have ever played for our high school, his legacy will continue to because he lives within us," said Selma High coach Ruben Zamora. "I was fortunate to play by your side, but more fortunate to call you my friend. You will be missed but will never be forgotten."
Zamora played with Martinez during the 2012-13 season, which included a postseason run that saw the Bears finish as the runners up in Division III. The Bears fell 3-2 to Roosevelt in the Valley Championship game. Zamora remembered Martinez as someone that was "easy to get along with" on and off the soccer field.
One memorable moment that Zamora has of Martinez is something that happen on the field.
"The first time I ever played soccer on the same field with Moises, he scored a 40 yard goal and that was his trademark," Zamora said. "I've never seen anybody shoot a soccer ball the way he did and play the way he did."
Zamora said he's had discussions about honoring Martinez during the 2019-20 season, but no plans have been made official at this time.
David Norman, former Selma High boys soccer head coach who coached Martinez in high school, remembers Martinez as one of the best players he ever coached. He also remembered the joy that Moises brought to him.
"Moises was and always will be a gamer. He stepped up in the biggest of moments, he rose to the occasion and never backed down, " Norman said in remembering Moises on twitter. "He was larger than life, always had a smile on his face and the desire to win. He will never be forgotten."
Martinez played for Fresno FC junior team and was on the training roster for the Fresno Foxes USL Championship team. They remembered him on twitter as well saying: You'll always be a Zoro in our hearts forever.
Martinez played for Selma High School and then West Hills College in Lemoore.
A go fund me account has been set up to help the family with funeral cost.