UVA cancels last home football game of the season

UVA students attended a candlelight vigil on Monday night.

UVA students attended a candlelight vigil on Monday night.
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Three days after the campus shooting that claimed the life of three Virginia soccer players, the university canceled the Cavaliers’ final home game of the season, which would be played on Saturday before the Nationally ranked Coastal Carolina game. Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler were three people killed in the mass shooting, two others were injured. One is an unidentified soccer player.

The cancellation came within hours of the shooting suspect, 22-year-old former football player of UVA Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., to appear in court in first hearing. Local police and school officials said Jones was on a school picnic Sunday night to see a play in Washington DC, about two hours north of Charlottesville, Va. As the bus returned to the school, police said Jones started shooting. Jones allegedly fled the scene and was not detained by police until Monday morning.

Jones will face three counts of second-degree murder, two counts of willful bodily harm and additional charges. Classes in Virginia also resume on Wednesday, with the Cavaliers currently scheduled to play their final game of the season next Saturday en route to Virginia Tech. Virginia is 3-7 and does not qualify for the bowl. Jones attended a semester in Virginia in 2018, and no victims of the shootings played for the Cavaliers at the time.

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