Thousands of University of Virginia students and community members flooded the college’s South Lawn Monday night for an emotional vigil in honor of three students killed in a shooting the night before.
Mourners lit candles and left flowers in memory of Davin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, three UVA football players who were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire on their team bus on campus.
Her death has rocked the close-knit football team and many players wept openly as mourners paid tribute to the young men who had been killed.
“It is an emptiness that we will feel for a long time. This team is very, very close,” the team’s former director of player relations, Jordan Bullock, told The Post. “Losing one is tragic, losing three is just devastating.”
Bullock, 28, said it’s heartbreaking that the victims were kidnapped so early and will never graduate.
He said he believes Perry is destined for greatness.
“D’Sean walked around with a curiosity about the world that would have taken him places,” Bullock said. “I think he would have grown into an influential person.”
He added that the student was a “silent leader” that people were attracted to.
“He had this ability to just connect with anyone.”
Bullock said he spoke to Davis at a UVA basketball game last week.
“He looked happy. He was injured last season,” he said. “I think he was just happy to be back on the team and doing his part.”
“Lavel was someone who always had a smile on his face,” he added.
Football player Chayce Chalmers, 21, a security guard for the UVA team and Chandler’s former roommate, was shocked by the senseless violence.
“I don’t believe it,” he told the Post about the shooting, his voice cracking. “It doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel real at all.”
He said Chandler is a fun and passionate person who is devoted to soccer and enjoys playing video games.
“He was a great, great guy,” Chalmers said of his roommate.
Chalmers called Perry “iconic” and said Davis was hardworking and “up and coming.”
“[Perry’s] a quiet guy. He’s hilarious. He knew how to motivate the team,” he said, still speaking in the present tense. “He’s an icon, man.”
The soccer player said all three men are like family who share a special bond.
“They were my brothers, my teammates,” Chalmers said. “I worked my ass off with them, I cried with them.”
Another player expressed similar ties to the victims.
“I will miss her very much and I love her very much,” tight end Henry Duke told the Post.
Police arrested UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. and charged him with triple second-degree murder. He is being held in Henrico prison.
https://nypost.com/2022/11/15/vigil-held-for-uva-students-davin-chandler-lavel-davis-jr-dsean-perry/ Vigil for UVA students Davin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry