Vigil held for UVA students Davin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry


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 remembrance of Davin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, three UVA football players who were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire on the bus of their team on campus.

Their deaths left the tight-knit football team in shock and many players openly wept as mourners paid their respects to the young men killed.

“It is a void that we will feel for a long time. This team is very, very close,” former team director of player relations Jordan Bullock told The Post. « Losing one is tragic, losing three is just devastating. »

Bullock, 28, said it was heartbreaking that the victims were taken so soon and will never graduate.

He said he believed Perry was destined for greatness.

D’Sean Perry was in the middle of his junior season for the Cavaliers.
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« D’Sean walked around with a curiosity about the world that would have taken him to places, » Bullock said. « I think he would have grown up to be an influential person. »

He added that the student was a « silent leader » that people gravitated toward.

« He had this ability to connect with anyone. »

Lavel Davis Jr.
Lavel Davis Jr. was a wide receiver for Virginia.
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Bullock said he spoke to Davis last week at a UVA basketball game.

« He looked happy. Last season he was out with an injury, » he said. « I think he was just happy to be back in the team and to to contribute. »

« Lavel was someone who always had a smile on his face, » he added.

Devin Chandler
Devin Chandler has been described as a « funny, passionate person » by his former roommate.
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Soccer player Chayce Chalmers, 21, a safety for Team UVA and former roommate of Chandler, was reeling from the senseless violence.

« I don’t believe it, » he told the Post of the shooting, his voice cracking. “It doesn’t seem real. It doesn’t seem real at all.

He said Chandler was a funny and passionate person who was into football and enjoyed playing video games.

« He was a great guy, » Chalmers said of his roommate.

Charlottesville Vigil
The vigil was held on the south lawn of the university.

Chalmers called Perry « iconic » and said Davis worked hard and « grew up ».

« [Perry’s] a quiet guy. He is hilarious. He was able to motivate the team,” he said, still speaking in the present tense. « He’s iconic, man. »

The footballer said the three men were like a family who shared a special bond.

« They were my brothers, my teammates, » Chalmers said. « I worked my tail with them, I cried with them. »

Another player expressed similar connections to the victims.

« I will miss them very much and love them very much, » tight end Henry Duke told The Post.

Police arrested UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. and charged him with three counts of second-degree murder. He is being held in Henrico prison.


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