Phoenix HS alum & soccer player passes away after battle with cancer

PHOENIX, Ore. – In April, we told you about a former Phoenix High School soccer player who was diagnosed with colon cancer.

We’ve learned that he tragically passed away.

19-year-old Victor Martinez lost his two-month battle with cancer on Friday.

He was a collegiate soccer player and former Phoenix High soccer player.

He finished his high school career with several honors, including league-player-of-the-year, and helped lead Phoenix through four successful seasons.

Chris Gallegos, who coached Martinez for much of his life, said he will be dearly missed.

“He’s just a good kid and so a lot of people know Vic through the soccer community but we got a chance to really get to know Vic as a person and his family,” he said. 

In a Facebook post, Phoenix-Talent School District said Martinez lit up every room he entered with his infectious smile and described him as a leader on and off the field.

In April, a GoFundMe was set up to help pay for medical expenses, it’s now reached over $40,000, nearing its goal.

If you’d like to donate, here’s a link to the fundraiser.

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NBC5 News reporter Zachary Larsen grew up in Surprise, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. At ASU, Zack interned at Arizona Sports 98.7FM and Softball America. During his Junior year, Zack joined the ASU Sports Bureau. He covered the Fiesta Bowl, the Phoenix Open and major basketball tournaments. Zack enjoys working out, creative writing, music, and rooting for his ASU Sun Devils.
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