UVA Cancels Home Finale After Shooting that Specifically Targeted and Killed 3 Football Players

Virginia has canceled their game against Coastal Carolina on Saturday in the wake of the shooting deaths of players Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler.

The school made the announcement about its final home game early Wednesday, but has not made a decision on the season finale game against Virginia Tech on November 26.

Davis, Perry, Chandler, running back Mike Hollins and one other student were shot Sunday night after they returned to campus from a class field trip.

Hollins survived the shooting but remains in the hospital after being shot in the back.

The other student (who survived) is considered in good condition.

The suspect in the shooting is a former Virginia football player by the name of Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., arrested by police Monday. Jones faces three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of malicious wounding and several additional gun-related charges.

A witness who saw Jones’ rampage says that he had specific targets, aiming at people and not shooting randomly on the charter bus where he opened fire.

A witness on the bus told Police that Jones shot and killed Chandler while he was sleeping.

Jones has previously been convicted on a misdemeanor charge of having a concealed weapon in Chesterfield, Virginia, in 2021. At the time of that arrest, Jones also had outstanding warrants on misdemeanor hit-and-run property damage and reckless driving charges from Petersburg, Virginia, in 2021.

Virginia’s athletic director, Carla Williams, said the department will consult with Coach Tony Elliot and the team ahead of Saturday’s game. “Obviously, they’re going through a lot, and we want to make sure they’re involved as well. We’ll use our best judgment.”