Shooting victim and alleged gunman were teammates at South Tahoe High
Long before Saturday morning’s shooting, Eric Domingo and Casey Curcie-Crummett became well-known figures in the South Shore sports community.
They were teammates on the South Tahoe High varsity basketball team from 2003-05. Domingo also played football for the Vikings, while Curcie-Crummett — who went by the name Casey Curcie in high school — blossomed as a sprinter on the track-and-field team during his senior year in 2005.
The 21-year-old Domingo, who was shot in the face Saturday in South Lake Tahoe, remained in a coma and was breathing with the assistance of a respirator Monday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
Curcie-Crummett, 20, is a suspect in the shooting. He was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm Saturday and since has been released on $30,000 bail. His family members, contacted over the weekend, declined to comment on the case.
The shooting has impacted many community members, including Derek Allister, their former high school basketball coach.
“It’s just a tragic, tragic story,” said Allister, who coached Domingo for three seasons and Curcie-Crummett for two. “Not many things in my life have shaken me to the core, and this is one of them.
“They were very likable kids. They were popular young men. It’s just so sad … you are almost at a loss for words.”
Domingo was a two-way football player for coach Todd McIntyre his sophomore and senior seasons at STHS. He was a member of the Vikings’ last two football teams to make the playoffs in 2003 and 2004.
“He was a good athlete and a guy we counted on and who came through for us,” McIntyre said.
McIntyre remembered one of Domingo’s biggest contributions coming against Reno in 2003. Domingo recovered a fumble late in the game, preserving STHS’ upset of the eventual state champions.
Domingo also caught the last of Mikey Van Gorden’s five touchdown passes in a 42-41 come-from-behind victory over Carson in 2004.
McIntyre said there wasn’t much conversation between coach and pupil in high school, but that had changed in the past year.
“I got to know him a little better at (Lake Tahoe Community College), and it seems that he had grown up and matured,” McIntyre said. “As most kids do, he was growing up, maturing and figuring out life.”
Curcie-Crummett developed into a college-caliber basketball player by his senior year in 2004-05. Although he wasn’t included on the area all-league teams, he could take over games with his propensity to fill the basket.
“He had flashes of brilliance … the kid could really get it rolling at times,” Allister said. “He was probably one of the most explosive scorers I had in my seven years there. Sometimes when he was playing, it was like the slot machine was spinning.”
Curcie-Crummett helped the 2004-05 team to a 6-0 start and a 12-victory season – one of Allister’s winningest teams. He also ran a leg on the school’s record-setting 4-by-400 relay team (3:24.64) that finished runner-up in regionals and qualified for the state meet.
On Monday, an account to help Domingo’s family with medical costs was set up at El Dorado Savings Bank in South Lake Tahoe.
“My heart goes out to all of them,” Allister said. “All we can do is pray for them and love them as best as we can.”
– Tribune staff writer Adam Jensen and Web Editor Jeff Munson contributed to this report.
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