Help Support the Manzo Chavez Family

Jonathan's father is the sole provider to his family and they cannot afford health insurance, so any support you can provide is very much appreciated.

Financial Support & Donations can be made electronically via a special PayPal Account set-up for the Chavez Family, or checks can be sent in the name of "Jonathan Manzo Chavez Memorial Trust" (Acct # 376000010) to the
United Labor Bank at 2550 N. First Street, Suite 102, San Jose, CA 95131, and can also be mailed to the Santa Clara Sporting office at 282 Brokaw Road, Santa Clara Ca 95050.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

MVLA Pythons U10 - Remembering Jonathan @ Manteca

The MVLA Python teams played with green hair in Manteca last weekend in remembrance of Jonathan, and in recognition of his fun-loving spirit. It is such a tragic loss for his family, and the soccer community is also grieving the loss of one of their bright stars.  We really feel for the family in this tragedy that could have happened to any of us who drove home to the south bay that weekend, so I think we all hugged our kids a little tighter and perhaps focused a little less on win or lose, and a little more on the joy of watching our kids play soccer.  

Per goal donations from last weekend's games have been sent along to SC Sporting, as well as individual donations from families via the website.  Jonathan and the Manzo-Chavez family will be in our thoughts this holiday season.

MVLA Pythons '98.

Friday, November 28, 2008

SCYSL Raffle & Strikers Den Indoor Soccer Event, Dec 20th

Santa Clara Youth Soccer League is holding a Fund-raising Raffle to Support Jonathan’s Family. We have some incredibly cool prizes including some unique soccer prize packs, elite soccer training sessions for teams, autographed soccer gear, and some fun restaurant and hotel prizes. There is something for everyone, and all the proceeds from your ticket donations will go to support the Manzo-Chavez Family. The Raffle runs ends on Saturday, December 20th at 6pm, when we draw winners at our Kick-It for Pretty Boy Soccer Celebration held at The Strikers Den from 4pm-6pm at the Silver Creek Sports Complex in San Jose.

How to Buy Raffle Tickets:
1) Buy Online at (starts Dec 1st)
2) Download the order form at and mail-in a check to the Santa Clara Sporting Office at 282 Brokaw Road, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Orders must be received by Wednesday, December 17th at 5pm.
3) Buy tickets at the Srikers Den from 4pm-6pm on December 20th

Kick-It for Pretty Boy Indoor Soccer Party

SCYSL is hosting an event on Saturday, December 20th at the Strikers Den at the Silver Creek Sports Complex from 4pm-6pm. All U10 boys and girls soccer teams are invited to join us and play some indoor soccer as loud as you can for Jonathan. All four indoor soccer fields will be open for play; two fields will be reserved for any U10 Boys or Girls Team that wants to play in a 20 minute match, and two fields will be open for all participants to jump-in and play in a fun pick-up soccer game. If you want to bring your team and play on the reserved field, please contact Gabe Foo at in advance to reserve your spot. We will do our best to match teams of equal skill and experience. Jonathan’s Santa Clara Sporting ’98 Team will also play in a special match.

MACSA Futsal Tournament Dec 12-14th

The MACSA Indoor Futsal Soccer League is hosting a tournament and fund-raising event to help raise money for Jonathan Manzo Chavez’s Family. If you are interested in participating with your team, please contact Mario Gonzalez at MACSA at macsafutsal@hotmail.aom or by calling him at 408-929-1080 x 340, or visit their website.

This is a planned fun social event open to all age groups. Team entry fee cost is $150 and all participants will receive a participation award.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Deepest Sympathies From The U9 Girls Mustang Miracles

As the team manager of the U9 Girls Mustang Miracles, I wanted to convey the enormous sense of devastation we all feel for Jonathan and his family and friends.  The moment I heard the tragic news, I immediately emailed my team.  I asked for donations on behalf of our was the very least we could all do...and there was no hesitation whatsoever.  Our entire team wore commemorative stickers on their jerseys during their next game in honor of this amazing boy who so loved the game of soccer. To score a goal as a defender, and to have his family see it is an incredible, yet bittersweet image that we will all carry with us for the rest of our lives.  The pictures of Jonathan, and the description of him desperately clinging to his jersey is beyond heartbreaking.  Please know that we are all parents, as sons, as daughters, and as a community.  Jonathan will always be in our hearts and in our prayers.  I cannot begin to fathom the immense sense of loss and grief that his friends and family are experiencing right now.  Please know that the U9 Girls Mustang Miracles and their families all send their deepest love and sympathy at this extremely difficult time.  Jonathan will always be missed and will NEVER be forgotten.

Jennifer Foster
Team Manager
GU9 Mustang Miracles 

In Memory of Jonathan

I was so saddend to hear of your loss,   It really hits home when it's part of our soccer community and it could have been any of us on the road that day.  Our thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family.
Chris Kinsey
DeAnza Freedom 94 Girls

Support from Santa Clara Weekly

Jonathan Is Watching Over Us

Here are two amazing stories to share.

Tino Silva, the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League President lost his mother-in-law to cancer last week, and he was down in San Diego attending her service on Sunday, the same day as Jonathan's Vigil Service. Tino met with Jonathan's parents last week and they asked him to speak at their son's service. Tino was concerned if he would be able to attend his mother-in-laws service in San Diego, then fly-up to San Jose to attend the service for Jonathan.

Last Sunday, Tino attended his mother-in-laws service where he was scheduled to speak, then immediately dashed to the San Diego Airport, ran onto a crowded Southwest Airline flight and asked the flight attendant for a seat in the front row because he needed to get off the plane in San Jose as soon as it touched down. The flight attendant asked him if he was with the FAA, and he chuckled - "yes sure."

Tino said the plane backed-out of the gate in San Diego and never stopped until they landed in San Jose. The Southwest flight just rolled-out of the airport gate and took-off into the air like he hit all the green lights on a crowded street. They did not taxi away from the gate, or have to cue-up in line to depart, they just back-up and flew to San Jose. His flight landed 5 minutes earlier than scheduled in San Jose, and he was picked-up by Sporting Coach Ralf Cebrian, who got him to the chapel for the Vigil. Of course, the small chapel was spilling-out with soccer players and families that came-out to pay their tribute to "Pretty Boy."

Here is another story that Tino told us at the Sunday Vigil.

A friend of Amalia (Jonathan's Mom) had a dream (two weekends ago the same time as the accident). Her friend had a dream that she saw Jonathan playing soccer on a big field, running around, doing all his soccer tricks, laughing and smiling with joy. Then he stopped and told the women..."tell my Mom that everything is fine and I am OK." The women didn't understand this dream but called Amalia the next morning to explain her strange experience in great detail. That is when Amalia said to her friend, Jonathan died yesterday in a car accident after playing soccer and scoring a goal for his team.

In Our Hearts & Thoughts

You're in are hearts and thoughts - may God bless your family and Pretty Boy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Dear Chavez family, we heard about the tragedy that happened to your son. It is very sad for us to  know that this was his goodbye. The story really made us get the chills and everyone is deeply touched, although we did not know him. Our deepest condolences go out to all of you. Y Que Descanse En Paz.

-Willow Glen Soccer

Pretty boy Chavez

We are very sorry to hear of your loss, my son was fortunate to have played with your son last April of 07 with Hurricanes. Your family will be in thoughts and prayers.
Guerrero Family

a blog

Dear Chavez family,
I play for the U-12 sporting girs team. I'm sorry about your son. I cried when my mom told me about it when she recieved an e-mail from the mananger. During the Disrtrict Cup we wore an arm band that the club gave us, and said a prayer for him and did a moment of silence. He was in our thoughts as we played the game we love.  My thoughts are with his family and friends. He is now in my heart and prayers.
    Lolo #16

To a beautiful and sweet angel

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Manzo Chavez Family. You have a sweet and beautiful angel in heaven!

RR and JDR

In Loving Memory of Jonathan Manzo Chavez "Pretty Boi"

Dear Chavez family,
       I am sorry for the loss of ur inicent boy. Even though I didn't know him I still cried when I ready the article of the tragic accident. He has touched my heart because even at the last moments of his life all he could think about is his green & white striped jersey. That shows how much love he had for the game of soccer. I can tell but what i have read about him that he was a funny, loving, cute boy. That is why he will always be in our hearts & prayers.

East Diablo Arsenal Pay Tribute

The East Diablo U10 Arsenal paid tribute to Jonathan at Saturday's semi-finals in Manteca by wearing black arm bands with JC #8 on them.   He was in our thoughts as we played the game we love.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends
East Diablo Soccer Club
Boys U10
Arsenal Green and White

Photos from the San Jose Mercury

Here are some photos from yesterday's services

Condolences to the Manzo Chavez Family

This story cuts to my heart. This boy had the heart of a champion. My prayers and condolences to Jonathan's family and the entire SCSporting community. May God use this tragedy for good.

Rob Russell
SCSporting '84-'88

Condolences from Odyssey U-10 Girls

Dear Manzo-Chavez Family and Santa Clara Sporting,
The California Odyssey U-10 Girls team, wish to offer our sincere condolences to the Manzo Chavez family and Santa Clara Sporting Club for your loss. We were saddened to hear of this tragedy, and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Our girls wore green hair ribbons in their final game to honor the memory of Jonathan.
With our deepest sympathy,
The Odyssey U-10 Girls

Placer United Supports Jonathan

Sac. United U12 and U16 Girls Pay Tribute to Jonathan

The Sacramento United U12G Spitfire and U16G Extreme, along with the rest of the Sac United Family, wish to offer our sincere condolences to the Chavez family, many friends, and teammates for your tremendous loss. We were devastated to hear of this tragedy, and pray that you will find strength and comfort during the difficult days that lie ahead. Both teams chose to honor Jonathan's memory in their final league matches by wearing green hair ribbons, and the U12's added #8 on their cheeks.

Our thoughts are with you,
Sac. United
U12G Spitfire 97, U16G Extreme

Monday, November 24, 2008

1,000 Soccer Players & Parents Say Goodbye to Jonathan

Thanks to Everyone for coming-out for Jonathan this weekend! And thanks to all the soccer players and parents that supported him at every game last weekend! Here is an article on the cover of the San Jose Mercury News tonight.

Your Friends at
Santa Clara Sporting

Photos From El Dorado Crew at Manteca

Many thanks to our friends at the El Dorado Crew 00 Team for sharing some photos from last weekend in Manteca. Thank you for wearing green/black stripes on your socks for our #8.

Manteca FC - Thank You for the tribute to Jonathan!

We are grateful from the outpouring support to Jonathan's Family.

Your friends at Santa Clara Sporting :-)

Some Photos From Jonathan's Service

El Dorado Hills Crew 00 pays respect to Jonathan and his family.

Dear Manzo Chavez family,
El Dorado United Crew '00 send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to your family.  Our boys played in honor of Jonathan at our State Cup game last Saturday as the players wore green stripes of tape around their socks and shin guards.  Our team website, ,also has a place where we have paid tribute to Jonathan.  Jonathan and your family will be in our hearts.  May you find peace and healing during this difficult time. 
EDU Crew '00 Team & Families


Stanford Typhoons U13 Girls Sends Our Thoughts and Prayers

Dear Manzo-Chavez Family and Santa Clara Sporting Club,

On behalf of the entire Stanford Typhoon team please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of this young boy's life. We can't imagine the pain and sorrow that the entire family is feeling right now, please know that our thoughts, prayers and wishes are with Jonathan's family and teammates during this difficult time. Playing the game of soccer is not only about the love for the game, but the friendships that we make that will truly last a lifetime and can truly call family.

With our deepest sympathy,
The Stanford Typhoon Family

Our heartfelt sympathies to the Chavez family

Although we did not personally know this little boy, the impact of his death has left me and my family devastated with sadness.  This is the kind of news that shook me to the core as it hit so close to home, literally, as I learned that the accident happened in my hometown of Livermore, and because I have two boys that I have shuttled back and forth to the same soccer tournaments for over 10 years.  Too often, safe travel to these tournaments and anywhere is taken for granted.  The loss of this wonderful child will serve as a reminder to me to never be too casual about the value of life, especially that of my children. My family and I will be praying for the Chavez family during this unthinkable period of grief for relief in knowing that Jonathan will be this soccer community’s newest angel who will watch over all soccer families and pray for their safety.  Our hearts are with you!


The Bernardi Family,

Anna, Giulio, Chris and Michael

NorCal Soccer Ranking Supports Jonathan

Santa Cruz Soccer Supports Jonathan

Jonathan's Vigil

My husband and I attended Jonathan's vigil last night. It was amazing. Over 1,000 attended the event, most folks had to wait outside for hours in order to get into the funeral home. It's amazing how the community has come together to rally around the Manzo Chavez Family. People from as far as Mexico, Costa Rica, and Australia have sent money to the family. The love and the energy in the room last night was incredible.  Amazing what little Jonathan has done for the world.
Anonymous SC Sporting Family

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Condoleces to the family of Jonathan (aka. Prettyboy)

My condolences go to the family. I can never imagine the pain you must be going threw. I was at the Dublin Crossroads tournament and read the posted signs. My son and I paid our respects toward Jonathan and made sure we gave as well. When I arrived home I told my wife the story and she broke down in tears. I would just like to say sorry for your lose and my your new life bring more joy than sorrow.
The Johnson Family
Dublin Soccer

Santa Clara Sporting Jonathan

Dear Manzo Chavez Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. I've only known Jonathan for a while but he was like my brother. He always helped me if I did something wrong in practice or games. He told the funniest jokes ever and no matter what he had a smile on his face. I still miss everyone saying Pretty Boy and it's still surreal to me that this has happened.
At times I think he is still talking to me or coming to watch us play our futsal games.

Dominic #14
U10 Santa Clara Sporting

Davis Legacy U13 Boys Barcelona Sends Thoughts and Prayers

Dearest Chavez Family,

Our team today remembered your dear son in our game. We want you to know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Your family will remain in our hearts.

Davis Legacy U 13 Boys Barcelona
Regina Rosenzweig

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Condolences from the Laufasa Family

My deepest condoleces go out to you and your family. It deeply saddens me to know that another innocent life was lost. I, too, am a mother who has lost my son ,7, from a tragic car accident three years ago on July 4th , 2005. So I can truly say that I know the pain and suffering that you are enduring during this difficult time. Please know the your family is in our hearts and prayers.

I would like to invite you to an annual candlelight vigil held on December 6th @Oak Hill Cemetary. It is a time for parents and family to come together to remember our lost angels.

With Deepest Sympathy,

The Laufasa Family
Crystal, James, and Cherise
RIP Joseph Jeremy "J.J." Guerrero
8/4/97 - 7/4/05

Condolences from Tracy United Chaos ( U14 Boys )

We are very sad for your loss of such a bright you boy. Ours prayers are you and yours.

From Bay City Soccer Club

We are with you. God bless you all.

Bay City Soccer Club

Friday, November 21, 2008

From Manteca FC team Boca

We want you to know we are playing for you this weekend Chavez Family. We are all wearing Jonathans number on our arms we love you guys and you are in our prayers every night!!!!!!!!

  Love Manteca Boca!                           

Loving Memory Of Jonathan Manzo. 1998 - 2008

Condolences from the McAuliffe Family

Dear Manzo-Chavez Family:

We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy that took Jonathan. What a tremendous loss to you, Sporting and to the youth soccer community. Our prayers are with you - may God bless Jonathan and your family always.

The McAuliffe Family (San Mateo)
Kevin, Julie, Scott, Shannon, Kat (Union FC GU15) and Ryan (Union FC GU12)

Condolences from Adi @ MVLA Pythons Blue

Dear Manzo Chavez family,
    We are sorry to hear about the tragedy of losing Jonathan. We will think a lot about him.
Adi and family

Nuestro mas sincero pesame departe de la escuela Atletico Santa Rosa

Con el Pésame más profundo y las bendiciones de Dios por la perdida de su querido hijo:

Jonathan Manzo-Chavez

escudo2 jpg atletico 2005las familias del equipo: Atletico Santa Rosa sub 10 queremos expresarles que compartimos su sentimiento y que rezaremos por su familia y todos los suyos, para que Dios les permita tener la Fortaleza y puedan transformar el dolor que ahora sienten en luz de esperanza. Les enviamos una oracion rogando guarden recuerdos maravillosos de su hijo que sin duda los acompañara dándoles su protección y amor.

Aunque no haigamos convivido con Jonathan, las veces que hemos compartido el amor por el futbol jugando, ya sea una final como la de Santa Clara Sporting en el 2007 o una semi-final como en Nomads el 2007, son gratos recuerdos y Jonathan logró dejar un muy lindo recuerdo de lo que es la pasión por el fútbol, compañerismo y dedicación. Nuestros pensamientos y oraciones estan con toda su familía.

Love & Support From MVLA Avalanche

Dear Manzo-Chavez Family,

We are trendously sadden to hear about the loss of Jonathan in your family, and feel the pain in our hearts. Carlos and Team, we send you prayers to get you through this difficult time too. We are too, are dealing with a loss in our soccer family, and know the pain you are going through. Our team is not playing soccer together right now because of high school soccer, or we would wear armbands on the field in Jonathan's memory, so please accept our donation to help the Manzo-Chavez Family and know that you are in our hearts.

MVLA Avalanche (u16 Girls)
Gabe, Erin, Albertin, Seth, Chris, Brian, Abby, Sandra, Erin, Kelly, Geena, Rachel, Amanda, Saylor, Stephanie B, Katie, Stephanie S, Tamara, Boo, Chloe, Crystal, Chivon and Kelsey (wearing Sporting hoops in our heart).

condolencias pa la familia

Para los papas y familia de el "pretty boy".....Queremos que sepan que nosotros como muchos en los alrededores nos ha tocado en lo mas profundo del corazon esta trajedia.
 Nosotros como padres de familia de el equipo Aztec Warriors U11 de aqui de Stockton Ca. entendemos la pasion que viven nuestros hijos a cada momento incluyendonos a nosotros y queremos decirles que estamos con ustedes y que tomen muchas fuerzas y sigan adelante que nosotros rezaremos para que pronto se minimise su dolor.
           Nosotros en Mayo del 2000 perdimos a 2 sobrinos en otro accidente con solo 8 anos de edad y se ciente como que el mundo se acaba pero asi sucede y hay que haceptarlo poco apoco...Nuestras mas sinceras condolencias.****   Saludos al #####  {8} Hasta el cielo.......  

With sympathy, ..from MVLA Pythons '98 family

Though we didn't know Jonathan in person, we read the blog comments about him and we wish we had!  His personality and his love of soccer and of life, comes through clearly in the photos, and the messages from friends, family and teammates.  The MVLA Pythons played Jonathan's team in NorCal preliminaries this year, so we also know how tough it was to get the ball past him and score J   

It is an unbelievable tragedy to lose a child, and to think of the future potential that they will not now fulfill – at least not in this life on earth.   For those who are directly touched by this loss, the grief process is long, and will never be totally absent, so be patient with it.  One site I would recommend for those who have children dealing with grief, is  The center is physically located in Oregon, but they have some good books and online resources.

As with a number of teams who will be playing in the NorCal cup in Manteca this weekend, the Pythons '98 teams will remember Jonathan as they play.  The Pythons players and coaches will "sport" green hair, and the families will pledge money for Jonathan's memorial fund for each goal that the team scores over the weekend. 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jonathan's family and friends, and the SC Sporting club, and we wish them strength in the difficult time ahead.   

Grimes/Chinn family, MVLA Pythons '98, Los Altos.

SC Sporting Manzo #8

To the Manzo-Chavez Family and Friends,

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Sporting is one large extended family. Jonathan I personally did not have the pleasure of meeting him but consider him family. This weekend the Sporting teams will have arm bands in honor of Jonathan and I believe every player will play their hearts out in his honor.

Lots of love and peace to you.
Brill Family-SC Sporting Boys 96

Condolences from the Board of Soccer Silicon Valley

The boardmembers of Soccer Silicon Valley extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jonathan Manzo Chavez.  We join with other fans of the San Jose Earthquakes in mourning the loss of this fine young man who found such joy in the Beautiful Game.  We have made a contribution to the Jonathan Manzo Chavez Memorial Fund and we encourage other Earthquakes fans and members of the Bay Area soccer community to join us in reaching out to Jonathan's family in this difficult time.  

Don Gagliardi
President, Soccer Silicon Valley

To the Family of Jonathan Manzo Chavez & The Santa Clara Sporting Family

We are all shocked and saddened by the news of your tragic loss. On the heels of our mourning the loss of Hannah Welker, one wonders why it is that two beautiful children, at the beginning of their lives, were taken from us so early? We cannot imagine the pain that your family is experiencing, but hope that you can gain some strength from the love and support that is coming from the bay area soccer families.
We are sending you our love and prayers, and will honor the memory of your dear Jonathan every time we take the field.

Be well,
MVLA Dynamite (U12 girls)
Coach Stacey Mallison, Annie, Avery, Brenna, Devin, Gabi, Gabriella, Jaymie, Kat, Katie, Marissa, Melissa, Sierra, Tierney & their families

God Belss From the Valencia Family

My husband called me this morning and told me the story that he read on-line about Jonathan's tragic loss. I just finished reading it myself and I can not find the words to express the sorrow I feel. This has brought pain and sorrow to both our our hearts. We currently have 3 boys playing soccer and are regularly on the road.
We are truly sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God bless you all!

The Valencia Family (Merced, CA)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

More SJ Mercury Guest Book Messages

November 20, 2008
My grandson, Keyshaun, played in the same Manteca soccer tournament and his team played against Jonathan’s team this past weekend. Because we were unable to attend the jamboree, our daughter gave a “play-by-play” commentary over the phone and it was wonderful to hear the players and the support given by cheering parents, siblings and friends of both teams.

We were very saddened to hear of your terrible accident and death of your son, Jonathan. He would be pleased and proud of you for saving his jersey and then for giving it away when it was needed!

Jonathan’s gift to us; remember to live life one-day-at-a-time!

Our hearts reach out to you, your family and his team.

Sally & Darrell Mc Leod
Sally McLeod (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
To the Chavez family, we are so very sorry for your loss!!! Your family and little Jonathan are in our thoughts and prayers.

We hope you can find strenght in your family and precious memories at this most difficult sad time.

Kennedy-Moore Family (Santa Clara, CA)


November 20, 2008
I am sorry for the loss of your son.i know that Jonathan is in heaven with Jesus and all the angels. May God protect you and your family and always keep you in his care.

Justin Lozano U6 San Ramon Soccer (San Ramon, CA)

November 20, 2008
my heart goes out to the entire Chavez family & friends... i will say a prayer for lil Jonathan... god bless and strengthen you.

kathy (san jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
Knowing Jonathan for as many years as i have has truely been a blessing. I Loved him soo much.He will always be in my heart. I pray for his family and feel their pain.

RIP Pretty Boy 8.11.09-11.15.08
Kelly Skelton (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008

Jonathan Meant a lot to all of us. And We miss Him So Much. But He will always be in our Hearts. Every night we pray for his family. *When the life of an innocent child is taken, its a heart ache for everyone*
Rest In Paradise Jonathan Manzo.

Santa Clara Sporting U15g (santa clara, CA)


November 20, 2008
I have no words to express my sorrow. May God give you strength and Peace.

Noelia Hilario (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008

To Chavez Family,
My condolences to you. I will pray for your family during this difficult time. I, too, just lost a loved one and I know how hard it is to even believe it is real. May God bless all of you and seek to Him for the strength and courage to move forward.

Gina Fuller (Tracy, CA)


November 20, 2008

Querida Familia Chavez,
No puedo imajinarme de los que estan pasando en estos tiempos de tristesa por la perdida de su hijo Jonathan. Toda la familia del futbol esta con ustedes en estos tiempos dificiles. Yo soy un entrenador en Idaho y mi equipo de futbol le dedicara a Jonathan un minuto de silencio. Aunque no conosiamos a Jonathan, El pertenecia a nuestra familia de futbol y era uno de los nuestros. Jonathan will be remember always.

Jose Peralta (Caldwell, ID)


November 20, 2008

May you and your family find comfort in these difficult times. This story has touched almost all our San Juan Girls team members. I cry every time I read the story. Last night I shared the story with my two children who play soccer and hockey and we're constantly on the road. I reminded them how precious our time together is. God bless you.

The Reveles Family.
Eva Reveles (Sacramento, CA)

Chavez Family,

Our hearts go out to you for your loss. Our daughter is part of the SCSC U18, so I know how strong the bond is from the club. You will forever be in our hearts and prayers. When I heard the news yesterday a poem came to mind which is below, please find comfort in the Lord..........

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the mornings hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight,
I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there, I did not die.

Monica & Joe Rodriguez (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
I have two small, children. I cannot fathom your pain. My heart goes out to the Mother and Father of this darling boy. May you find comfort in the fact that he was a very happy child. Bless you all.

Heidi Oblander (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
My heart goes out to the family. I cried as I read this story in the paper. I also have an 8 year old son who plays and loves soccer. I cannot imagine your pain. May the lord watch over you and give you strength.

Leticia (San Jose) WG PAL


November 20, 2008

Our prayers are with you, your family and with Jonathan’s friends and classmates during this incredibly sad time.

The Vilchis Family (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
So sorry for your lose.Our prayers are with you and your family. The Tate Family

Madonna Tate (Stark City, MO)


November 20, 2008
My heart goes out to the parents and family of Jonathan. He only lives 10 yrs of his life but joining this soccer team, surrounded with friends, you have given him the happiest moment of a 10-yr old boy could ever have. He is now resting in peace with the Lord and his Angels.

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Cathy Castro (San Jose)


November 20, 2008

I am so, so sorry for your loss. Just reading this, Jonathan sounds like a wonderful, spirited little boy and quite a character besides. It is hard to understand how something like this could even happen. Please know that my thoughts are with you and your family at what must be an incredibly difficult time.

Anne (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
May God bless and comfort you all! And I am sure He keeps your son in a very safe place now.

I will have you in my special prayers.

Take care
M L (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008
My heart aches to think what you and your family are going through. I found this poem, hope it makes you feel little bit better.

I miss you too
Mommy please don't be sad,
I miss you so much too.
It's beautiful here,
but I worry a lot about you.
I sleep with angels watching me...
there is only love up here.
I am never lonely or afraid
because God is so very near.
I walk with Jesus every day,
He is very kind and loving.
Don't worry Mom, He hold my hand
when we cross a golden street.
I never cry or hurt myself,
I see Grandpa every day.
I play and laugh and sing a lot
and I hear you when you pray.
Please Mommy, don't be mad at God,
you see He loves me too.
And even though you are not with me,
I am really still with you.

Author Unknown

Ana Castillo (San Jose, CA)


November 20, 2008

I don't know Jonathan or the family but I shed tears reading this story about a wonderful boy and his loving family. I'll pray that you find comfort in God's love and that all of you have the strength to go on, especially the Mom. I am a mother of 6 and cannot imagine the pain you are going through. And Jonathan's siblings sound very caring. I'm sure your brother is watching down on both of you. May Jonathan rest in peace. God bless you all.

Glory (Santa Clara, CA)


November 20, 2008
I'll miss my little buddy never be forgotten in my heart
Johnny Castro (Sunnyvale, CA)


November 20, 2008
Jonathan will be in our hearts when we step on the field this weekend. Your family will be in our prayers.

Santa Clara Sporting 98G


November 19, 2008

Para Amalia, Jose e hijos.
Jose toda mi familia esta muy incredula por la noticia de lo que le paso a tu hijo.Mi esposa e hijos no lo podemos creer todavia. Nuestra familia quiere decirte esta oracion.Aba Padre mio para ti todo es posible librame de esta copa amarga.
Pero no se aga lo que yo quiero si no lo que tu quieres.

Alvaro Aleman (Oakland, CA)


November 19, 2008

Dearest Chavez Family, we cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling during this time of losing your son. There is so much grief. I can only say that I am deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful little boy Jonathan. Our son Marcos plays for Santa Clara Sporting U8 and we were so horribly saddened by the news of your accident and tragedy. My family and I are praying for God to help you and your family to heal and bring you peace. Jonathan will never be forgotten, he lives in the hearts of those he touched forever. To Jonathan's sister, always remember that you were very blessed to be with your brother holding his hand and comforting him with your touch when he took his last breath here on earth. God bless you all in this time of sorrow.

Daniel & Tanya Fregoso Family (San Jose, CA)


I read your story and was so sorry to hear of your loss. My heartfelt condolences to your family. I grew up around Soccer - my dad played and coached professionally. Jonathan is going to start the first Soccer team in heaven.

Bob Tannenberg (South San Francisco, CA)


November 19, 2008
May the Lord bring you peace and comfort at the loss of your son, Johnathan. Our son played soccer for the first time this year in a Castro Valley U10 league and shares the same love of the sport, as well as the same Jersey no.8. Our family was very moved by your loss and will pray for yours.

Bucklin's (Castro Valley)


November 19, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

M Castro (San Jose, CA)


November 19, 2008
you were a good classmate to have and a good leader of our group R.I.P

ambriana grider (san jose, CA)


November 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss ,as a mother my heart deeply goes out to you and your family. He is now your little soccer angel watching over you. May god bless you and your family.

Cordova Family (Fresno)

Message From Luke/PAC Atlas 98

I'm really sad that Jonathan is gone, but he will always be in our hearts and on the soccer field with us.

Luke Andrews
PAC Atlas 98

4th grade class at St. John the Evangelist, Carmichael, CA give prayers and dedications to Jonathan in their own way

My son played at State Cup -- his 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Rummel, had the class give a prayer for Jonathan. You can see her response. They all feel pain for the family.

From: Becky
Subject: Re: Fw: Jonathan Manzo Chavez
To: kara

Thank you so much for including a prayer in your class. Jeremy told me first thing that your class prayed for him. It is very sad for any family to lose a child. I can't even imagine.

From: Kara
To: Becky
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2008 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: Fw: Jonathan Manzo Chavez

I showed the e-mail to Mrs. Johnson and I believe she put it in tomorrow's Mass. We will pray for his family. What shocking news!


From: Becky
Subject: Fw: Jonathan Manzo Chavez
To: Kara

Can you include this child in a special prayer at mass on Friday at St. Johns - a quick prayer in class (Mrs. Rummel). He is a 4th grader in Santa Clara. He was killed in a car accident on the way back from State Cup soccer tournament in Manteca that Jeremy played in. It is very sad.

Thank you ---

From: Becky Hayes
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 11:14 PM
Subject: Re: Jonathan Manzo Chavez

We are so sorry and feel like it is our own -- it could have happened to any of us. Please let the family know that we are keeping them in our prayers.

Our family, player Jeremy Hayes, San Juan Lightning 99 White team player -- would like Jonathon's parents to know that he will pray for his family along with his classmates at St. John the Evangelist church in Carmichael, CA. He will ask that Jonathan be given a special prayer at mass on Friday.

We have given a contribution via PayPal but realize that no $$ amount is nearly enough for the pain they must be feeling.

My heart and tears go out to you,

Becky Hayes
Carmichael, CA
San Juan Lightning 99 White - Sacramento Club

May Jonathan's legacy live on

May the passion of Jonathan live on in the hearts of all soccer players. For he loved the game of futbol. Our prayers are with you to bring strength and endure this terrible tragedy. We are one big soccer family and our heart breaks to hear of this sad news. Our love to #8 and the Chavez family.

Jeff and Barbara Jaye
MVLA & Mustang Parents


On behalf of the CVSA Cyclones U-11 G team, we would like to express our condolences to the Chavez family on the loss of their son Jonathan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and Jonathan's teammates as well.

Expressing our sincerest sympathy
The CVSA Cyclones U-11G
Fresno, California
We are very sorry for your big loss. God Bless you and your family.

Pena Family form Force Silver

My Little Pretty Boy!!

I will miss you so much! I feel blessed to have known someone soo awesome all my life! I know that you will be up in heaven watching over us! I will miss you trying to do all your soccer moves on me! :] and tickling you because your laugh was so adorable! I loved your outgoing and spontaneous little personality with a big heart for such a little guy! I cried so much when I found out that you were gone Jon Jon, but i made sure your sister was well taken care of and stayed with her for 4 days in the hospital. Sure i smelled bad but i did it for my jon jon cuz i had to take care of my little cousin. I will truly miss you buddy! but someday everything will make sense and we just have to laugh through the confusion and smile through our tears and keep telling ourself that everything happens for a reason!

love you sooo much jon jon
love ur super cool cousin Jeanette!
R.i.P hunny buns!

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you Chavez Family & Friends!

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. May God be with you and everyone who knew Jonathon!

With Love and Prayers,
Vallejo ChivaGirls U9

Alliance FC's prayers are with you

From the Alliance FC Soccer Family to yours, Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to you and your family at this very difficult time. May God’s strength and courage be with you, the family, friends, Santa Clara Sporting and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing Jonathan. Playing soccer is not only about the love for the game, but the bond of friendships we make and can truly call “family”. Jonathan is an Angel watching over us and will deeply be missed. Our team will continue to pray for his soul and ask God to provide love and strength for his family.

God Bless You,
Alliance FC

God Bless

Dear Chavez Family,

I read about your precious Jonathan while working at Yahoo! Someone posted it on an internal message board.

I just wanted to send my condolences and let you know that I will be saying a prayer for your family.

May God give you strength during this difficult time.


Condolences from Chivas Woodland Futbol Academy

Dear Family Chavez
Please accept my sincere condolences for the sudden loss of your dear son Jonathan last week. I can only imagine what a shock it must be to your family, soccer community, and Santa Clara sporting.
I know what a difficult loss this will be for you in particular. Not only will you miss your cherished son but also a trusted soccer player. I can only imagine the depth of the void that it will leave in your personal, family, and soccer community.

Our teams will be doing something this weekend – silences of moment for the memory of Jonathan.
May God Bless You and God Bless Jonathan's soul.

Sincere condolences,
Robert B. Vidrio,
Chivas Woodland Futbol Academy Family

God Bless You

Dear Chavez Family:

Our Elk Grove Everton U9 Boy's Team has been deeply saddened by this tragedy. I was impressed by the care Jonathan wanted to take of his uniform when he was so badly injured. It clearly showed his love for the game.

Unfortunately it is these types of events that bring us all together and remember how important family is. The game is important but not as important as family. The soccer community is like a family.

No parent, brother or sister should have to go through such pain. We will continue to keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Our team will be doing something this weekend - green hair, arm bands or something in memory of Jonathan.

May God Bless You and God Bless Jonathan's soul.

Tim Maestretti, Coach
Elk Grove Everton - U9 Boys

God Bless

Dear Chavez Family,

As I folded my two boys Sporting uniforms today I couldn't get over the fact how somethings in life are just not fair. He had such a passion and love for the sport and his club. I want my 2 boys to strive for the love he had for his club, the game, and life.

I had the pleasure of watching him play at Sporting and futsal. He seemed to always have a smile on his face. I pray for him and your family. Just know God has a plan for all of us and for some reason unknown to us God needed to call Jonathan home.

I know every time I go to watch my boys play a game in their green and whites I will think of Jonathan and his celebration after making a goal and the pride he had being a member of the Santa Clara Sporting Club.

God bless.

A Sporting Father

Our thoughts and prayers our with you

We are so sorry to hear about Jonathan. You can tell by his pictures that he loved the game of soccer. What  a special boy that will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all his friends and family.


Elk Grove Everton U9 Boys

 U9 Boys


From the Diablo Futbol Club

As suggested by one of our U9 girls, the U9 and U10 girls are all wearing green and white hair ribbons this weekend.

Jesus is there to hold you and lift you up

I have never met you but my heart grieves with yours. My brother sent an email telling of your family's life-changing events.I know that nothing that I can say can take away the pain that you are going through right now. We don't understand how these things happen or why, but if you know Jesus Christ you know that He is there to lift you up and carry you through these trying. God Bless you.

Matthew 11:28-30
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

7:02 - The Chavez Family and Sporting FC Team 98

To the Chaves Family, Coach Brasil and Sporting FC 98 Team:

At 7:02 that Sunday morning, the same morning that I received that devastating news from Norcal, I couldn't fathom nor would want my players to play that day. I didn't want them to play because through everything that I have done as a coach, I felt devastated with that news, but, moreso for the Chavez Family, Coach Brasil, Sporting FC 98 players, and their parents. Simply, there are no words to express the sorrow we felt that Sunday because there is nothing, nothing, nothing as painful as losing a friend, a teammate, a dedicated player, a nephew, a brother and most of all, a son.

We, the Bay Oaks U10B Road Runners 98 and the entire Bay Oaks Soccer Club Organization, are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Jonathan. We know how difficult this must be for each of you. You will continually be in our thoughts and in our prayers. As we step in to the field to play on Sunday, we will remember Jonathan - #8 on each players forearm, green and white ribbons on our jerseys, and for our younger girl teams, green and white ribbons for their pony tails.

"When those we love have left this earth, we still can feel them near. We'll see a picture, hear a song, and it's just like they are here. And when we call upon our faith, when we believe and trust, we know the ones we care about are always close to us." -Constance Parker Graham

With our deepest sympathy,

Amado Lozano
Head Coach
U10B Bay Oaks Roadrunners 98

Our Thoughts Are With You

Dear Chaves Family,
We are so touched by your story.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.  This weekend our U9 girls team will be wearing green ribbons in their hair to celebrate the life of your precious son.  May God be with you during these hard times.
Santa Rosa U9G Tremors Team

More Pictures of Jonathan

Real Atletico Watsonville

Chaves Family

Your story has touched me, and his Pretty Boy looks has brighted my heart. My prayers are with all of your family. Please embrace yourselfs together and support each other in this hard and painful situation. I have two children myself and I can't imagine the pain that your family is going through. My prayers are with all of you. Stay strong, and god bless all of your family

#8 will always be part of our our club

Sergio Cervantes
Real Atletico SC
Watsonville Ca.

Special Request

In addition to keeping the Welcher Family letter posted on the site, would you please consider adding a link for at the top of the website, underneath the SJ Merc article? It is such a beautiful letter - - everyone should see this

We will always remember you Jonathon Manzo Chavez

May the warmth of God's love embrace you and your entire family during these difficult times. May the compassion of those who care surround you and may the joy you once shared with Jonathon brighten you days. Although I did not know Jonathon well, my son had the privilege of playing with and against his team. He was such a great player and he will never be forgotten!

With deepest sympathy,
Laura Paco
Daniel Gomez
Ayana Gomez
Devyn Gomez
PAC Atlas (U10 Boys)

The Chavez Family and The Sporting Team are in our Prayers

My family is so deeply saddened by this tragedy.   Our son plays for the East Diablo SC U10 Arsenal and also played in Manteca last weekend at the Norcal State Cup.  We were devastated by the news.  Words cannot express our sorrow for your family and for Jonathan's teammates.  Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with you.

The Timmons Family
Brentwood, CA
East Diablo Arsenal U10 Boys


Jonathan Manzo Chavez

Dear Chavez Family,
Your story reached us up in Sacramento and has touched us profoundly.  Your son's effervesence and love for soccer is evident in all the photos we've seen.  I cannot imagine your pain, but please know we are praying for you every day.  My sons too love soccer and we've been a soccer family since my oldest was 4, he turns 18 on Sunday.  May you find strength in God and know you are loved.  God Bless.
The Ramanis Family
Placer United Soccer Club
Loomis, CA

Our Thoughts and Prayers to the Chavez Family

The California Odyssey would like to express our deep condolences to the Chavez family for the tragic loss of their fine young boy, Jonathon.  The Northern California Soccer Community has lost a wonderful friend and player.  Jonathon will not be forgotten.  God Bless all of the family, friends and teammates of Jonathon Chavez.

Greg Antognoli
California Odyssey

May The Peace of God be with Jonathan and his Family

May The Peace of God be with Jonathan and his Family.

Nick Somers & Family (U16 boys Diablos at Walnut Creek Soccer Club)

Thank you

Chris Somers
Melrose Nameplate & Label
26575 Corporate Ave
Hayward, CA 94545
510.732.3100 x203
510.732.3111 fax


AVYSL Mercury Black 98 will have #8 for our D2 cup

Our League was very sad to hear this story, since like our team (U10), they
are still so little, this story shows the importance of loving our boys everyday!

AVYSL Mercury Black 98 has decided to wear sticker with a Santa Clara Sporting logo and the #8
in the middle of the logo for our District 2 cup Dec, in memory of the passion of soccer that Jonathan Manzo Chavez brought to all of us!

Please Please help donate to the family!

We are praying for you

I read your story in the Mercury and cannot imagine what you must be going through. Although we have never met, my son plays for AVYSL and the story of your son hit so close to home. I think we all know the love for soccer these boys have and the joy it brings their families to spend time together watching them express that love. That joyous occassion was changed so drastically in a matter of seconds is a tragedy beyond comparison.

I don't know if I can offer anything to ease the pain you must be feeling, other than letting you know that people everywhere are sending prayers for your family and your son. He is in our thougths and prayers, and you are too.

Julia & family

Our Sincere Condolences

Dear Chavez Family,

on Behalf of our family we extend our deepest sympathy to you and to each member of your family on the recent loss of your son Johnathan. Although we've never meet before our prayers and thought are with you all. My son Bo who plays with the Almaden Storm U13B will be wearing an armband in memory of your son Johnathan.

Frank, Maxine, Bo and Amanda

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Support From SJ Mercury News

Read Sandra Gonzales article

Winchester League Cancels Games to Fundraise for Jonathan

The Winchester Soccer League has decided to cancel all our league games and in an effort to raise money for Jonathan's Family their teams will be having scrimmage games at all the league fields. For information you can visit the leagues website

To The Family Of Jonathan Manzo Chavez,

To The Family Of Jonathan Manzo Chavez,

We were deeply saddened when we received word of what happened to your son. I recall seeing him on certain occasions like at the Chucho Ramirez Camp, running around having fun with some of our kids. It opened my eyes and made me think about my own family. I had a dream and in my dream I saw one of my lil nephews pass away. It crushed me and as soon as I woke up I wanted to make sure my family was ok. I also happened to write a new song. I recorded it as soon as I finished writing. The Song is basically my way of telling how I felt about what happened to Jonathan and how it closely related to my life. My nephews are all about soccer. My sister and my brother-in-law have teams in Alviso (winchester Soccer League), and if any of the kids on those teams would go through the same, it would crush us all. I'll include the song so you can hear it and I hope you know the whole soccer community has you in our prayers. Stay Strong. 

Also, this weekend the Winchester Soccer League has decided to cancel all our league games and in an effort to raise money for Jonathan's Family their teams will be having scrimmage games at all the league fields.  For information you can visit the leagues website

Once again, our Thoughts and prayers are with the Manzo Chavez Family.

From Our Soccer Family To Yours,
Dreamer aka Rapstarr
Patricia And Dimas Duran and the Atletico Teams(U6,U8,U10,U13)

Almaden Valley Youth Soccer President Rallys League for Jonathan

A Message from Our President
In Memory of Jonathan Manzo Chavez from Santa Clara Sporting Soccer League

On Saturday the Almaden Mercury U10 Green team played the Santa Clara Sporting team in a Nor-Cal State Cup tournament game. A young player from SCYSL, Jonathan Manzo Chavez was on the way home from the tournament in Manteca, and lost his life in a tragic traffic accident with his mom and siblings. Although Jonathan’s father had to leave the tournament early to attend work he still made the drive to watch as much of his son’s games as he could, never imagining this would be the last time he’d see Jonathan play. As we finish this season, embrace your children and their enthusiasm for the game. As parents we should enjoy every minute of watching our children play. I know there are areas our league can improve and we will. Our thoughts are with Jonathan’s family, and let’s everyone take things in perspective as we move forward.
John Jussen
President AVYSL

The father is the sole provider and does not have health insurance. The Santa Clara Sporting league has set up a donation trust to help the Manzo Chavez family in their moment of need.

If you are interested in helping, donations can be made from the following websites: and has paypal set up if you wish to donate online.

Support From Our Friends at NorCal Premier

RIP Jonathan

We would like to send our deepest sympathies to the Chavez Family.  May God be with you at this time, and help carry the burden of the loss you are enduring.  May he also watch over your family and help heal your hearts.
Soccer was his life and in turn his memory will always live on in each goal, in each game and in the heart of every soccer player.
Our team will be paint their hair green this weekend and write the # 8 on their faces... In loving memory of your wonderful son...
May you rest in peace Jonathan.
From Valley Hi Cyclones U16 Girls.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time

The Piombo Family
Lodi Crushers Fire Soccer

Love and Sorrow from Alliance FC Devils 98

To the Family of Jonathan Manzo Chavez,

Our hearts go out to you in this time of incredible loss. The sadness that has been felt across the state pales in comparison to what your family must be experiencing right now. To lose one so young with such a zest for life, and for is too heartbreaking to comprehend. Please know that the magnitude of this sad moment is felt by everyone in the Alliance FC family and we are all praying for you and for Jonathan right now. We have had many monumental battles with Sporting Green teams over the years, but have always appreciated the amazing competition that took place and always enjoyed how they brought out the best in our players. Their is poignancy to Jonathan passing after playing his last soccer game and being in the jersey he so clearly coveted. There may be something meaningful wrapped up in that tragic moment, but we understand that it may take time for you to ever see it that way.

To watch our children play soccer is easily one of the greatest joys we experience in our lives. Cherish the time you had watching him and treasure the memories that he brought to your lives. His passing should serve as a reminder to everyone how fleeting life can be and how we truly must treasure every moment we have with our children on the soccer field and off. God bless you and God bless Jonathan.

Our Deepest Condolences,

John Sanchez
Robert Escoto
Cherisse Tuvera
Michelle Escoto
Derek McNamara
Kay McNamara
and all the parents of the Alliance Devils 98 U11 Girls

Santa Rosa United - United we stand in our support of you

Dearest Chavez Family and to Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club

On behalf of everyone at Santa Rosa United we would like to express our deepest condolences to you and your Club. Our Inter and Galaxy teams were at the Manteca competition and learned on Sunday morning of the terrible accident. Before the kick off on Sunday, a minute of silence was observed and parent by parent we heard the news. Standing on the sideline watching our children play that Sunday morning was a dull moment as we all imagined ourselves in your shoes. We saw the photo of Jonathan posted by Norcal and the visual connection of the little lad made your tragedy even more real. The tournament ended our teams drove home, in separate cars, but each parent filled with the dread of your news and the thoughts of Jonathan

Words cannot express our horror for your pain and our best wishes for your healing. I am sure that you are very proud of your great player and the final goal he scored a final blessing on a short but special life. We are truly sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you

Whenever we see or play a green and white jersey of Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club, the parents of Inter and Galaxy will remember this little lad that should be lining up opposite them, and say a prayer for number 8, Jonathan Manzo Chavez.

We go back to Manteca on Saturday to play again and will dedicate our game to the memory of Jonathan Manzo Chavez

God bless to you all.

From your soccer friends at Santa Rosa United, CA.


Dear Chavez Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your son.  Our teams were playing in the State Cup games on Sunday when we heard the horrible news.  We were stunned and saddened.  With all of us having boys who love soccer, we look at Jonathan's pictures and can all see our own children in his bright and happy eyes.  Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family during this tragic time.  Our club, MSC Top Gun, would like to dedicate our games this weekend to your son Jonathan.  The families will be donating $5.00 per goal at all of our games this weekend to the Jonathan Manzo Chavez Memorial Trust. 
Please know you are in our prayers. God Bless You.
Sincerely,  MSC Top Gun - Folsom, Ca



Dear, Family Chavez
Our deepest condolence for the terrible lost, Jonathan was a remarkable good player  and very nice kid, we had the pleasure to meet him and my son play against his team several times. I remember this special occasion my son was playing against his team.  remember my husband telling my son. " you have to  get the ball and score" my son's answer was. is the pretty boy defending, " he is good". He was a very good kid in the field as he was out. we will remeber him foerever.
The Garcia Family
Sandro, Maria, Jorge(U10), Erick

Davis Legacy Has Jonathan in their prayers

Hello Chaves family- On behalf of the Morales family and the Davis Legacy Soccer Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences. It's just a reminder of how short life can be. I will ask my teams to remember him this weekend and every weekend. This could happen to any of us traveling back from tournaments. Now we will have an angel watching over all of our soccer games.
Carlos Morales
Davis Celtic U-12
Davis Devastation U-11

What a player, friend & teammate

Dear Manzo-Chavez Family,
Please know that Jonathan will never be forgotton. His spirit and legacy will live on in the hearts of all of us.
What an awesome child he was. Always smiling, always telling jokes :) His perfect hair and uniform is what earned him that name "pretty boy". We will always consider you part of our family. May God bless you with amazing things to come and allow God's strength to help carry the burden for you all through this difficult time.
Love & God Bless,
The Cabral's
Rolando, Michele, R.J (# 17) , Emmry & Cassy

Pretty Boy

Dear Manzo-Chavez Family,
I will miss pretty boy so much. I thought of him like a brother. I loved being his teammate and playing soccer with him.
The best part was always hanging out after practices just to listen to all his jokes, cause he was so funny !!
Jonathan will always be my teammate for life. Im sorry for you loss and I will keep praying for your family.
Love - R.J Cabral (# 17)
U10 Sporting

Re: Jonathan Manzo Chavez Support & Services


Chavez Family

Merced Atlas Academy sends you and your family our deepest condolences. We will pray for Jonathon and your family. We can't express our feelings for your family and soccer club, we just wan't to share our sympathy in the loss of your son. We will honor him in our games this weekend and for ever keep him and your family in mine god bless you in your family in this time of need

Reyes Family
Merced Atlas U-12 and U-14

Our deepest condolences from Stockton Monarcas FC

Dear Chavez Family,

All of us here at Stockton Monarcas FC are sad and sharing in your pain for the tragic loss of Jonathan. He sounds like an extraordinary young man who loved the game and his team. We will keep all of you in our thoughts and our prayers and hope that God will give each of you the strength to move forward.

Estimada Familia Chavez
todos en nuestro Club Stockton Monarcas FC y nuestros equipos estamos tristes y compartimos su dolor por la perdida de Jonathan. Un joven extraordinario que tenia un amor puro y especial por el futbol y por su equipo. Ustedes estan en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones y esperamos que Dios les de a todos las fuerzas para seguir adelante.

Benjamin Gonzalez and the entire Stockton Monarcas FC family


Dear Chavez Family,

Please accept our condolences. Jonathan looks like he was a sweet, happy little guy and although we did not have the privilege of meeting him, we will miss him. Please know that he and all of you will be in our prayers. We will all be appreciating our children so much more tonight. God give you the strength and grace to endure this this unspeakable loss

The Loeliger Family,
Scott, Christina, and Noah

What A Beautiful little Angel

Chavez Family,

This is such a heart breaking story. We just wanted to share our sympathy in the loss if your son. We cannot understand the loss and deep sadness you're experiencing, but may you find comfort in the loving memories of your son and the support in the compassion and caring of your friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Espinosa Family
CVSA U14 Boys
Fresno, CA

Thoughts & Prayers From Half Moon Bay Crossfire

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He sounds like a wonderful little boy, full of life. His memory will keep him alive.

Jeff, Cindy, Carrie, Danny Turgeon
Half Moon Bay Crossfire boys soccer team

Our Thoughts and Prayers are With You

Dear Chavez Family,

Our families send their deepest regrets for your great loss. We were absolutely crushed as the news passed through the sidelines at our game on Sunday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you through this incredible tragedy.

Sonoma County Alliance 97 Girls

God Bless Your Family

Chavez Family

Our prayers are with you. your son looks like a happy, beautiful sprit now playing soccer in heaven. We will hold you in our hearts .

Lamont Family
Cal High Soccer San Ramon

From our Soccer Family to Yours

Dearest Chavez Family and to Santa Clara Sporting Soccer Club,

The Arsenal FC Soccer Boys U13 Gold(CAL SOUTH)wishes to express our deepest condolences to you and your soccer family. We know firsthand what it is like to develop friendships thru soccer. These relationships often feel like real family. We are deeply saddened to know that you have lost your precious child. It is a pain that is unbearable and not easy to overcome. We pray to God and all the saints, that they keep and console Jonathan. No doubt you will miss him, but please know that Heaven is timeless and he will see you soon. We will honor him at an upcoming game and thank you for sharing him with the world. May God bless you and your soccer family always!

The Gomez Family
Arsenal FC BU13
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

What an Amazing young man

Dear Chavez Family,

With 3 daughters playing soccer and futsal, it wasn't long before our family heard the tragic news of your loss. We felt crushed, saddened and, of course, found ourselves thinking about what your family must be going through. We are truly sorry. Then my wife and I read today's article about this courageous and remarkable young man, Jonathan. We never had the privilege of meeting Jonathan or seeing him play. But, based upon what we read in today's paper and the many wonderful messages here, we can imagine how proud you must be of him. We know Jonathan is with God now, probably showing Him a soccer move or two. On behalf of the Zenere family, I pray God give you all of the strength and love you need to make it through this, and may God bless your incredible Jonathan.

Jim Zenere

Que Dios les de fortaleza en estos momentos tan dificiles

 No existen palabras para poder  consolar tan grande perdida, Tuve la oportinidad de ver su juego el sabado en la tarde ya que el equipo de mi hijo jugo despues de ustedes Castro Valley U10.  Para toda la familia de Jonathan Manzo Chavez y todos sus seres queridos nuestro mas sentido pesame, Le pedimos a Dios que les ayude a entender este momento tan dificil ya que no es facil. Que Dios  bendiga a todos.

He was just the cutest little guy...

Dear Chavez Family,

Please know that all around the State(and further, I'm sure)there are people, young and old, who are praying for you and your precious Jonathan. We can't get over how tragic this is and how it never had to happen. It's a lesson to all of us to slow down and enjoy each day with those we love.

As one Sporting Family to another, our hearts are broken for you. We will never look at our son's soccer uniform in quite the same way. Their green and white hoops are so important to them, it's a part of who they are. May you be blessed. Your family and Jonathan will never be forgotten.

A Sporting Family

Wear Your Uniform for Jonathan

Dear Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, Parents and Players:

If you plan to attend any of Jonathan's services, his parents requested that all players attending the services wear their soccer uniform (hoop jersey for Sporting players) and they also requested that the atendees NOT wear black as Jonathan was a very happy child and they will be celebrating his life.

Please make every effort to attend the services to support the family.

Sueli Almeida
SCSC Administrator

Messages From the SJ Mercury Guestbook

November 19, 2008
I cannot tell you how this is something that I can literally feel in my soul and I am so sorry for your loss. I too have a son who loves soccer and we are a soccer loving family. Please hold on to the good memories. I have a daughter who would have been 16 and it has been 12 year since she passed. I wish you peace and give yourself all the time you need to heal.

Flora Harding (Tracy, CA)

November 19, 2008
Your son sounds like he loved life, he was taken from earth and has left a void for his loved ones. He gave so much in his 10 years, love, laughter and a lot of joy. May his memories always keep him in your hearts. No words can express what pain you are going through, nor our sympathies, just keep in mind there are many who care and are praying for your family. He is not far away, he's just with the Lord now. May you have the peace and strength in this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you.

Carla Talavera (Hollister, CA)

November 19, 2008
To the Chavez Family,
I am really sorry for the loss of your son Jonathan, being a father of an 11 year old girl that plays soccer, I can't even begin to imagine what pain this tragedy has brought to you. May all of you find the strengh in God to cope with this huge loss and rest asure that your little angel is enjoying being in the presence of the Creator.

Jose Alfaro (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. May he score many more goals in heaven. God bless you all.

Suzana Alves (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
Words cannot express our sadness for your family. Jonathan always brought a joy to soccer. He will be missed by all who knew him. He touched our hearts and we hope you can find strength through these difficult times. You are all in our prayers.

Love,Jack, Cindy and Thomasito Murdick (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
To hear the light of a child being extinguished well before they've had a chance to shine for the world is such a tragedy. To those whose lives he brightened, please never let his memory fade.

My sincerest and most heartfelt condolances, love, and prayers to every person who is touched by this loss.

Scott F (San Mateo, CA)

November 19, 2008
Our thoughts and prayers are always with you especially in this difficult time. Your son Jonathan is an ANGEL with a BIG SMILE…

Anh, Dina & Kamille Nguyen (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. This story broke my heart. God bless this beautiful angel, and God bless his family and friends and all that knew and loved this beautiful child.

Mike C (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am very saddened by this story. May God Bless this little boy and the family.

Silvia (Patterson, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort in the wonderful memories that you spent with him. I will pray that you find the strength and courage to move on.

Isha (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. As a mother I feel your pain. Jonathan sweet boy; run and play soccer in heaven. I am so sorry you had to go so soon.

Lisa D (San Jose)

November 19, 2008
I'm so truly sorry for your loss as a mom with 4 angels in heaven I really do know your pain.. I pray God grants you some kind of peace, for there is no understanding why..

Love, Hugs & prayers
Chris MelsMom forever & a year
Christina Bowman (Stark City, MO)

November 19, 2008
Our hearts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. May GOD provide Comfort and Strength for the family.

The Martinez Family
Alliance Diablos '98
Pat Martinez (Union City, CA)

November 19, 2008
I'm so very sorry for your lose. My heart and tears go out to your FAMILY. May GOD be with you.

Cyndi Castro (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
My heart broke after reading about the trajedy your family faces. May God be with you all during this very hard time.

Sarah Cox (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
May God bring the strength to all those that are going through this dreadful moment. The Family will be in my prayers, though I don't know you my God does and knows your hearts and feelings at this time. God bless you and bring strength to all that are in need of it.

My condolences
Jaime Martinez (East Palo Alto, CA)

November 19, 2008
Prayer brings hope, and delights the soul, as well as comforts the heart. During these days for us all it is a time for prayer, and we can perhaps all reflect together as loving to pray in loving remembrance of Jonathan Manzo-Chavez, as well as for all the days of our lives. Let us humbly with all our hearts, minds, and soul pray for peace and comfort for the family!

Jazelle & Gabrielle Gonzalez (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
What great love for the game. I am sorry for your loss

e m (san jose, CA)

November 19, 2008


November 19, 2008
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. Our deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.

Deportivo Chavitos (San Jose, CA)
November 19, 2008
Our hearts thoughts and prayers go out to your family. What a wonderful little boy and what a great soccer player he was. It was our pleaseure to be viewers at the tournament Saturday and we were able to watch him play. May God grant you strength and compassion in your time of sorrow

Mark and Roberta Gregson (Sacramento, CA)

November 19, 2008
Our hearts ache for their family and loved ones. We pray and ask God to help ease your pain during these difficult times. Always keep his memory alive with you and know he is in a better place smiling down at you, and enjoying his love and passion for soccer!

God Bless You and give you strength!

From a Soccer Mom and Family in San Jose, Ca
Familia Higareda (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with this family. I'm very sorry for your loss.

Gisell (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
Que dios los bendiga y les de fortaleza, sabemos que no hay palabras que puedan aliviar su dolor, y la falta que les va hacer su pedacito de amor. Estan en nuestras oraciones

Familia Martinez (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
May God bless the Manzo Chavez family and strengthen them during this painful ordeal and may God rest Jonathan's soul.

Brian Lozano (San Ramon, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am so very sorry for your loss, may God give you all peace and bless you always!

S Soliz (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
I am so very sorry for your terrible loss. May you find comfort in knowing that you have a little angel watching over you from Heaven. May he rest in peace.

Eli Flores (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Monica Montano (Antioch, CA)

November 19, 2008
I cannot fully understand your loss, but as a mother this trajedy has brought me to tears for your loss and pain. My prayers are with you.

E (San Jose, CA)

November 19, 2008
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

manuel manzo (san jose, CA)
November 19, 2008
May God Bless you and you're family, My heart goes out to you all.
I read this sad story and my heart broke for him, for you.....

J s

Jonathan & His Sporting 98 Team During Goals-for-a-Cure

Services Announced for Jonathan

Information about the services for Jonathan have been posted.

Sunday, November 23, 2008 Vigil at 6:00 p.m.
Lima-Campagna-Alameda Mission Chapel
600 S. Second StreetSan Jose, CA 95112
(408) 288-9188

Monday, November 24, 2008 - Mass at 10:00 a.m.
St. Maria Goretti Church
2980 Senter Road, San Jose, CA 95111
(408) 363-2300

Burial - Immediately following the mass
Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery
22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA

Santa Clara Sporting Club Gathering after burial
SC Sporting Clubhouse
282 Brokaw Road, Santa Clara, CA 95050