Fans hold impromptu memorial for Tony Gwynn at his Mr. Padre statue

The news of Tony Gwynn's death caused baseball fans across the country to remember our favorite stats or stories about the San Diego Padres great. People in San Diego, where Gwynn was as much an icon of the city as he was the team, did the same — only they were drawn to the statue of Gwynn that stands outside the Padres' Petco Park.

The statue hosted an impromptu memorial Monday, with fans gathering to mourn and pay their respects. As word of Gwynn's passing spread, fans left notes, balloons and flowers, an outpouring of love proving how much Gwynn, 54, meant to the community. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Long Beach, but Gwynn went to San Diego State, played his whole career for the Padres and then returned to San Diego State to coach.

Even the NFL's San Diego Chargers, who had their "Thank You San Diego" day planned for Monday, canceled that and instead showed up to mourn Gwynn.

As one mourner said in the video at the top, "To us, he's like family. I think he's family to all of San Diego."

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