Athletes and athletic programs call for prayers after 3 football players die in Virginia shooting
Patrick Mahomes, LeBron James, Mike Leach, Mark Harlan and others have shared their thoughts and prayers with the University of Virginia football program
Patrick Mahomes and LeBron James are among the athletes and athletic programs praying for the University of Virginia football team Monday after news broke that three players were shot and killed on campus Sunday night.
Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, D’Sean Perry and two other students were shot after returning from a field trip to Washington, D.C. The two unnamed students were hospitalized; one is in critical condition and the other is doing well, according to ESPN.
“Authorities said the suspect in the shooting, identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., has been taken into custody,” the story said, noting that Jones is a former member of the Virginia football team.
As news of the shooting and the identities of the three victims hit social media Monday morning, several members of the sports world tweeted their condolences.
Reactions from professional athletes
Prayers for the entire University of Virginia and their football program.. Please end the gun violence 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Damien Harris (@DHx34) November 14, 2022
Reactions from college football coaches and athletic directors
#Pitt HC Pat Narduzzi opened his press conference today by talking about the tragedy in Charlottesville last night.— Karl Ludwig (@LudwigKarl8) November 14, 2022
“Our hearts and our prayers go out to the city of Charlottesville, the Univ. of Virginia, coach Tony Elliott and his football team.” pic.twitter.com/6ee6A4Uy8S
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire University of Idaho campus community and with the University of Virginia and their football program.— Jason Eck (@Coach_Eck) November 14, 2022
As a coach of 112 young men & a father of 2 more, my heart is broken for the @UVAFootball family & the families of the 3 young men whose lives were tragically cut short. As college coaches we help young men prepare for the future, & I’m saddened to see 3 futures needlessly end.— Ricky Rahne (@RickyRahne) November 14, 2022
Reactions from college football programs
Our hearts are broken for @UVAFootball. An absolutely unspeakable tragedy.— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) November 14, 2022
Hold each other close, and please know that although there is little we can do to ease the pain you all feel, we send our love to you and the families of the three young men who have passed. 💔
"We want to send our thoughts and prayers to the UVa community, our colleagues, their student-athletes, and their families. Football and coaching is a brotherhood and we are here alongside them, support them and suffer with them."— NC State Football (@PackFootball) November 14, 2022