Syracuse football coaches grieve three UVA players

Syracuse football coaches grieve three UVA players

The Charlottesville community mourns tragic campus shooting of Cavaliers team members.
Published: November 14, 2022
Virginia Football player Lavel Davis Jr. during his team's game against Syracuse at the JMA Wireless Dome on September 23rd, 2022.
Virginia's Lavel Davis Jr., shown here during the SU-UVa game on Sept. 23 in the JMA Wireless Dome, was fatally shot Sunday in Charlottesville.

On Sunday evening, the University Of Virginia campus went into lockdown for a shooting that would leave three people and two more injured. On Monday morning, it was revealed that the three who died were members of the Virginia football team: Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry.

Chandler was a junior wide receiver for the Cavaliers. Davis Jr. was also a junior wide receiver and appeared in every game this year for the Cavaliers including the game against Syracuse in the JMA Wireless Dome, where he caught a touchdown pass. Perry was a junior linebacker from Miami, Florida, who appeared in three games this year.

Syracuse football offensive coordinator Robert Anae and quarterbacks coach Jason Beck coached Perry and Davis Jr. at UVA. Orange head coach Dino Babers spoke to the media Monday morning and addressed the devastating news.

“[The shooting] is something that affects everyone. It has affected our building,” Babers said. “We have coaches that know those players and they have been fielding phone calls and stuff like that. It’s a disturbing time, and once again puts us back to what’s truly important — family and football, and putting those things in the right perspective. It’s a big thing for us.”

The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was brought into custody Monday and now faces three charges of second-degree murder as well as three counts of using a handgun. Jones was a former player on the Virginia football team and listed on the 2018 roster

University of Virginia President Jim Ryan spoke to the media early this morning and confirmed the devastating news.

“This is an unimaginably sad day for our community,” Ryan said. “The entire university community is grieving this morning. My heart is broken for the victims and their families and for all who knew and loved them.

For updates on this shooting, please visit The Daily Progress.