Winter 2022 magazine

Sports world offers prayers after tragic shooting of three Virginia football players

Tragedy struck Charlottesville, Virginia, late Sunday night when three University of Virginia football players were killed and two other students were injured in an on-campus shooting. Juniors Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry lost their lives in a shooting on a charter bus returning to campus from a field trip.

The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is in custody. He was a freshman running back for the Cavaliers in 2018.

“Let me say how deeply sorry I am for the victims and for their family and friends,” University of Virginia president Jim Ryan said Monday, according to ESPN. “… This is an unimaginably sad day for our community. The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart is broken for the victims and their families and for all those who knew and loved them, and they are all in my prayers.”

As news of the tragedy broke, the sports world took to Twitter to express their devastation and to offer prayers for all involved.

Please join us in praying that the families and friends of the victims, the suspect and the Virginia community as a whole would sense God’s presence in the midst of these unbelievably tragic events.