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From Anchor Laura Diaz

A Death in the Family

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(FOX 11) To say that ushers and guards at Dodger Stadium make up a tight knit group would be a massive understatement. I've been to some games this season, but in conversations with friends who are season ticket holders, I get the sense that the demands of the job help create a bond not usually seen among co-workers in many professions.

So you can imagine how devastated the fraternity is tonight, upon hearing that the son of beloved guard, Robert Preece was killed near AT&T Park last night. Regulars know Rob as the big, strapping man who greets fans every night at the field level entrance in left field.

Robert hadn't seen his son in a while and I'm told he was really looking forward to the road trip to San Francisco with his two sons and other family members.

Many of the guards and ushers at Dodger Stadium also work together at Staples Center and the Nokia Theatre, including Robert. They carpool together. They hang out together. They babysit each other's kids.

No matter the outcome on the field, the guards and ushers ensure an enjoyable experience for the fans. And they take their share of grief from unruly fans.

I hear the employees have reached out to Rob tonight via text message. They'd like to organize something-- perhaps a memorial or a fundraiser. They're waiting for guidance from the Dodger front office. But true to their bond, they will come together and do the right thing.

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