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Three Virginia Football Players Killed Sunday Night in Campus Mass Shooting

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Three Virginia Football Players were shot and killed Sunday night in a campus mass shooting.

Former Virginia football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. allegedly shot and killed three juniors in wide receivers Lavel Davis Jr. and Devin Chandler and linebacker D’Sean Perry, as well as wounded two others in a parking garage around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night.

The UVA Police Department tweeted out a picture of Jones, the same as his Virginia roster football picture, and announced they he is the suspect in the shooting. They said he wore a burgundy hoodie or jacket, blue jeans and red shoes. UVA Police also said that he is likely driving a Black SUV with Virginia plates

University of Virginia President, Mike Ryan, released a statement at 4:30 a.m. Monday morning that acknowledged that Jones is suspected at having killed three people and wounded two others. The statement also told Virginia students to shelter in place and to follow the guidance they receive through the UVA Alert system.

Ryan also announced that the university cancelled classes for Monday and that only essential employees needed to report to work.

“This is a message any leader hopes never to have to send, and I am devastated that this violence has visited the University of Virginia,” Ryan wrote in his press release.

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips also released a statement on the shooting on behalf of the conference.

Pitt played Virginia on the road last Saturday in a 37-7 win in Charlottesville, Va. Pitt Athletics released a statement Monday around 12:30 p.m. sharing their “deepest condolences” with Virginia and the community of Charlottesville.

Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi also spoke Monday at noon at his weekly press conference about the shooting.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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