Update: University President Jim Ryan confirmed this report in a live press conference late Monday morning.
Virginia standout wide receiver Lavel Davis, Jr. is also among those killed in Sunday night’s shooting on grounds, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The report is based on a tweet from Newberry College TE Coach Sean Lampkin, Davis’s cousin.
Saddening, saddening news this morning. God took one of his most kind, humble, loving soldiers off of the battlefield last night.— Coach Sean Lampkin (@Coach_Lampkin) November 14, 2022
Please pray for my family as we are devastated by the passing my cousin Lavel Davis Jr.
Love and already miss you, kid. @LDJxlll pic.twitter.com/Sj0cIgPB81
It’s further supported by a tweet from former Woodland HS head coach Mathis Burnette:
There are no words to express the grief that the Woodland community is feeling right now. Everything about Lavel Davis was first class and the world is a sadder place because he is gone. Prayers for everyone in the Davis family and the Woodland Community.— Mathis Burnette (@just_OL_coach) November 14, 2022
At the time of this publishing, Davis and D’Sean Perry are two that have been identified as among the three fatally shot Sunday night at Culbreth Garage. Other names have been circulating but have not yet been confirmed.
Again, football stats aren’t what’s important here, but where the offense has found success this season, Davis has been a critical component. He had 16 receptions for 371 yards, averaging 23.2 yards per catch. He’s played in eight games this season, starting six of them. He missed all of last season following an ACL injury.
The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones, remains at large, and the community is instructed to remain sheltered in place. Classes have been canceled for Monday as this horrific story unfolds. We will continue to update as we learn additional information.