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The York City man found shot to death early Saturday, Dec. 16, in his North West Street apartment was a defensive tackle for the York Silver Bullets, a semi-professional football team.

Officers dispatched to a shooting at a second-floor apartment at 27 N. West St. found the body of Julio Ferrer, 31, at 3:53 a.m., according to a news release from the York City Police Department.

It appeared he had been shot at least once, police said.

Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide, according to the release.

Ferrer was on the York Silver Bullets for six years and was one of the team's most reliable players, said Chris Umbarger, the team's co-owner.

"He was the first to show up to games and the first to get out on the field when a teammate needed help with anything," he said.

Umbarger and fellow co-owner Shawn Brady spoke to the team after hearing about the shooting Saturday morning and said they were all in a state of disbelief.

"A lot of former players have reached out to us, too," Umbarger said. "Right now, everyone's hurt over the loss of Julio."

He said he doesn't understand the "senseless" violence occurring in the city in recent years.

"This isn't Chicago. This isn't Detroit," Umbarger added. "York's not a big city for things like this to happen so much."

Anyone with information about the shooting can call York City detectives at 717-849-2219, or text "Yorktips" and your information to 847-411. The texting service is anonymous.

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