(CNN)– Three University of Virginia (UVA) football players were killed in a shooting Sunday while on a bus returning to Charlottesville’s main campus after a field trip, university officials said.
University of Virginia President Jim Ryan identified the three dead football players as Devin Chandler of Virginia Beach, Virginia; LeVell Davis Jr. of Ridgeville, South Carolina, and D’Sean Perry of Miami.
“This is an unimaginably sad day for our community,” Ryan said.
Ryan said two other students suffered gunshot wounds and are being treated at UVA Medical Center.
These are the stories of the victims
LaVell Davis Jr.
LaVall Davis Jr. was one of the best wide receivers for the Virginia Cavaliers this season. As a 2-meter receiver, Davis main threat The deepest tackle on the team, with 16 receptions for 371 yards and two touchdowns on the year as well as an impressive 23.2 receiving yards.
As a freshman in 2020, he had 20 receptions for 515 yards and five touchdowns — an average of 25.75 yards per reception, second best in the country — but missed the 2021 season due to injury.
In A video of May 2021 On the UVA football Twitter profile, Davis said that in his spare time he enjoyed watching 1990s movies and reading Shakespeare and the Bible.
He said, “Virginia is the perfect place for anyone who wants to work hard and be great.” “In Virginia, it’s so much bigger than football.”
A friend created a GoFundMe campaign to help the family cover funeral expenses.
According to his attorney, Michael Haggard, De’Sean Perry’s parents thanked the South Florida and Charlottesville communities for the support they have received since the shooting.
“On behalf of D’Sean’s parents, Happy and Sean Perry, and their entire family, we thank the South Florida and Charlottesville communities for their support during this impossibly sad time,” Haggard said in a statement.
In the statement, Perry’s parents also said they would not speak publicly about their son’s death out of respect for the University of Virginia, which “has been horrified by another mass shooting in the United States.” “
Perry, a junior, was a Virginia linebacker who has played in 15 games over the past three seasons. On Saturday against Pittsburgh, he made two tackles in the 37–7 loss.
Devin Chandler, a junior, played wide receiver and kick returner for UVA and transferred this offseason from the University of Wisconsin.
Melissa Alonso and Matt Phillips, both with CNN, contributed to this report.