Two of the three football players who died at the University of Virginia were from the Carolinas. The school president says that all three of the University of Virginia students who were killed in a shooting were on the school’s football team.
President Jim Ryan said at a news conference on Monday morning that the shooting happened Sunday night on a school bus full of students coming back from a trip outside of campus.
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., who is also a student and used to play football, has been arrested and charged with three counts of second-degree murder, said Ryan. The Richmond Times-Dispatch says that the names of the people who were shot are Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry.
Davis is from Dorchester, SC, and went to Woodland High School, where he played football. Sean Lampkin, who coaches the tight ends for Newberry and is in charge of recruiting, wrote on Twitter that Davis was his cousin.
“Very, very sad news this morning. Last night, God took one of his kindest, most humble, and most loving soldiers off the battlefield.
“Please pray for my family. My cousin Lavel Davis Jr. died, and we are all very sad about it.
Kid, I love you and already miss you. @LDJxlll”
Saddening, saddening news this morning. God took one of his most kind, humble, loving soldiers off of the battlefield last night.
Please pray for my family as we are devastated by the passing my cousin Lavel Davis Jr.
— Coach Sean Lampkin (@Coach_Lampkin) November 14, 2022
Davis’s high school career is summarised on Virginiasports.com.
“At Woodland High School, he played both wide receiver and safety for Eddie Ford, the head coach. was named to the all-state team as a senior after accumulating 40 receptions for 622 yards and seven scores. named to represent the state of South Carolina in the annual North-South all-star game… as a junior, he racked up 70 receptions, 1,007 yards, and 15 touchdowns.
plays basketball and track for the Woodland High School Wildcats… considered a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals.com, and 247Sports… a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences but hasn’t decided what to study yet… Danny Lee Fassio Family Bicentennial Scholar for 2022-23.”
both devin chandler and lavel davis were my students. devin was in my class in spring 2022, and lavel is in my class this semester. I am so indescribably sad right now but I wanted to share a few memories of them, because they were wonderful people
— Jack Hamilton (@jack_hamilton) November 14, 2022
The North Carolina city of Huntersville was where Chandler hailed from. During his senior year of high school, he was a football player for William Amos Hough High School in North Carolina.
As seen on Virginiasports.com, this is a summary of Chandler’s high school career.
“Recruited by 247 Sports and rated as a 3-star prospect… I-Meck Conference first-team selection as a senior in 2019… He played wide receiver and defensive back during his prep career at Arlington High School in Tennessee before transferring to William Amos Hough High School in North Carolina for his senior year… caught 128 passes for 2,391 yards and 33 touchdowns while playing high school football; also had 7 interceptions. senior year, he caught 50 passes for 905 yards and scored 14 touchdowns.
In his junior year, he caught 28 passes for 728 yards and 8 touchdowns. In his sophomore year, he caught 43 passes for 758 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he also had 5 interceptions. Likewise, he ran the 110-meter hurdles in 2019 and placed second in the state of Tennessee. the student who consistently achieves high grades… Matthew Jenkins was my high school coach… The University of Virginia, College of Arts and Sciences; Major: Undecided.”
Perry, the third victim, was a Miami native and Gulliver Prep athlete.