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University of Virginia football players killed

Members of the University of Virginia community are mourning the sudden deaths of three football players who were killed in a shootout on Sunday night. UVA head football coach Tony Elliott said his death has left the community to suffer “devastation and heartache”.

Officials said college students Devin Chandler, Jr. LaValle Davis Jr. and Sr. D’Sean Perry were killed in the shooting of a bus that was “full of students” returning from a field trip. He was also a beloved member of the UVA football team, playing as wide receiver and linebacker respectively. Two other students were injured in the shooting.

22 year old suspect He has since been arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

“These were incredible young people with huge aspirations and a very bright future. Our hearts ache for their families, their classmates and their friends,” Elliott said in a statement. “…we are all lucky to have them in our lives. They touched us, inspired us and worked incredibly hard as representatives of our program, university and community.”

The university’s athletics director Carla Williams said in a statement that the community “lost three talented and talented young people.”

“We will never see the impact they have on the world, but we will never forget their impact,” Williams said.

Jack Hamilton, an associate professor of media studies and American studies at the University of Virginia, says he taught Chandler in the spring and Davis this semester. He said he was “indescribably saddened” after his death, and shared memories of the two students on Twitter.

That said, Chandler was a transfer student who was in Hamilton’s large lecture class, but always made it a point to visit Hamilton’s office for insights about life at UVA. Later, Hamilton helped him decide on his major US studies, “which he was really excited about.”

“He was an incredibly nice person, always a big smile, really friendly and funny,” Hamilton said. “One of those people who is impossible not to like. It’s so sad and angry that he’s gone.”

Davis, though calmer than Chandler in Hamilton’s experience, was only as good as a person, he said.

“After the first day of our class this semester, he came over and asked me to shake hands and told me I should call him Vail,” Hamilton said.

Chandler, or Vail, would “go out of his way” to make friends with students in the class who weren’t fellow athletes, Hamilton said, adding that “how much his classmates liked him and vice versa.”

“I am shocked and devastated and utterly at a loss, but want to say it all because they were truly great people with a limitless future and they should still be here,” Hamilton said. “it breaks my heart.”

From left, college football players Devin Chandler, Lewell Davis Jr. and D'Sean Perry are seen in a combination photo of undated images provided by the University of Virginia Athletics.
From left, college football players Devin Chandler, Lewell Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry are seen in a combination photo of undated images provided by the University of Virginia Athletics.

AP. Via University of Virginia Athletics


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