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Local College Football Programs Send Condolences to University of Virginia Shooting Victims

EVANSTON, Ill. — Several college football programs are mourning the loss of three University of Virginia football players killed in a campus shooting.

The University of Virginia killed three football players in a shooting Sunday night – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry.

The suspect in the shooting, which reportedly injured two other people, is 22-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a former Cavaliers football player.

He was taken into custody on Monday morning.

Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald opened his press conference Monday ahead of the Wildcats’ game against Purdue on Saturday with his condolences to the Virginia program.

“I want to raise our thoughts and prayers to all those families who have been affected, Coach (Tony) Elliott, and obviously the program,” Fitzgerald said. “There is obviously a very small fraternity and sorority that are in college football and a lot of people that we get to know when recruiting. It is devastating to hear this news, so our hearts are broken for all those affected by this and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman did the same during his Monday press conference in South Bend ahead of the Irish’ home final against Boston College.

“I want to open up today by simply sending our prayers to the University of Virginia and all of the victims who have been affected by the tragedy that unfolded last night,” Freeman said. “I especially want to send thoughts to Coach Elliott and the football program. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now and it’s a painful reminder of how fragile life is and how important it is to always tell these people you love them.

A number of college football teams across the country posted their condolences on social media, including Illinois, who wrote on Twitter: “Our thoughts and condolences are with the UVA community.”

The Illini faced the Cavaliers in Champaign on September 10.