During his time at Bryan High, Curtis Burleson played varsity basketball. The 2003 Bryan graduate died a week ago, in San Jose, California following a six-hour standoff with police.
Relatives said Burleson joined the Navy, after graduating high school, and was eventually stationed in Seattle, Washington.
However, it was an ex-wife and young son that brought him to San Jose last week before something went tragically wrong.
"The entire family is just totally distraught behind all of this," said Cynthia Burleson, Curtis' relative.
Last week, police surrounded the former Viking player in a San Jose gas station. San Jose Police said officers initially contacted Burleson after learning the vehicle he was driving, was reported stolen out of Washington state.
"A fight immediately ensues at some point the officer lost possession of his weapon and the suspect immediately started firing the officer's gun, at the officer," said Sergeant Mike Sullivan of the San Jose Police Department.
Witnesses said Burleson then tried to drive his vehicle away, but hit another car, then ran into a gas station. After a six-hour standoff, San Jose Police later found him dead in the gas station's bathroom.
Relatives said Burleson finished his service in the Navy, and was pursuing a career in dentistry.
"We are totally at a loss and really searching for answers on the truth to what really happened," said Cynthia Burleson. She said it was just a few years ago that she was watching Curtis play on the Bryan high basketball team.
Now, Curtis has three younger relatives on the team, who miss him. "We was playing basketball and the first time I ever beat him, I hit a lay up, and he was mad for rest of the day," said nephew Jonathan Allen.
Relatives said they weren't sure what happened that day, but believed Burleson was distraught over a child custody situation.
"People will continue to remember about him, that he truly loved his family and his family so dearly love him as well," said Cynthia Burleson.
San Jose Police are still investigating.
Funeral services for Curtis Burleson have been set for Saturday, at 3p.m., at The Savior's Temple, in Bryan.
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