‘Our program is heartbroken’: CCU coach, president offer condolences after 3 UVA football players killed

Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 11:39 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2022 at 5:17 PM EST
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CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF/WCSC) – The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are offering their condolences after three University of Virginia football players were shot and killed Sunday night.

Authorities said the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. near a University of Virginia parking garage after students had gone on a field trip. It led to a shelter in place on the university’s campus and also forced the school to cancel classes on Monday.

On Monday morning, the university and police confirmed the three people killed were Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry. Two others were hurt in the shooting. During the news conference, the police chief confirmed that the suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a UVA student, was captured off campus.

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Davis was a former Woodland High School student from Dorchester County. He was a former wide receiver for Woodland High School and earned all-state honors after making 40 catches for 622 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior and was selected ot play in South Carolina’s North-South all-star game. He also played basketball and ran track for Woodland High School.

Coastal Carolina University Head Football Coach Jamey Chadwell tweeted about the tragedy at UVA.

“Our program is heartbroken for UVA, the victims’ families, loved ones and the entire community of Charlottesville. Our prayers are with all involved,” Chadwell tweeted.

CCU President Michael Benson also offered his condolences and said that CCU stands with UVA.

“Our entire CCU Chanticleers university family mourns with the UVA family. The CCU community stands with the Charlottesville community in solidarity. Today we are all Cavaliers,” Benson said in a tweet.

Benson also sent a message to the CCU community about the tragic deaths at UVA. He also discussed the deaths of four University of Idaho students who were found dead late Sunday night inside a home just off campus.

Message below from CCU President Michael Benson to students, teachers and staff:

The news of the tragic deaths of students from the University of Virginia and the University of Idaho this morning has stunned and saddened all of us. Senseless events like this serve as a solemn reminder that violence can cut short the lives of promising young people anywhere and at any time and shatter the peace of any community.

The CCU community stands against hate and violence in all forms. Please take care of yourselves and one another. I urge anyone who is struggling with these incidents to contact Student Health Services or Counseling Services or call 843-349-2305.

The Coastal Carolina University family mourns with the communities of Moscow, Idaho, and Charlottesville, Virginia. We stand in solidarity with both institutions. It’s important that we place our scheduled game at UVA this Saturday in the proper context and focus our efforts on supporting and grieving with our colleagues and friends in Charlottesville.

CCU is scheduled to play UVA on Saturday at Charlottesville. At this time it’s not clear if the game will be canceled or postponed due to the tragic events.

WMBF News will bring you updates on this story as it develops.