Funeral of UVA football player Lavel Davis Jr killed in mass shooting


Family and friends gathered to say goodbye to one of the University of Virginia football players who was killed in a mass shooting earlier this month.

The funeral of Lavel Davis Jr., 20, was held Wednesday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in North Charleston, weeks after Davis and two other UVA football players were killed Nov. 13.

At the funeral, a member of Davis’ family remembered him, recalling Davis’ relationship with God.

House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn, DS.C., attended and spoke at Wednesday’s service.

“His athletic and academic achievements were enviable. His service to his church and community was admirable, and his relationship with family and friends was legendary,” Clyburn said.

University of Virginia football coach Tony Elliott speaks during a memorial service for three slain University of Virginia football players Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler at the The school’s John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Va. on November 19, 2022.

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Davis had a big smile that “lights up the room,” UVA Football head coach Tony Elliott said at a press conference earlier this month. “He has a sweetness to him. But he’s passionate about what he believes in.”

The shooting took place on a bus full of students returning home from a field trip to see a play in Washington, DC, university officials said.

Authorities arrested UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. for allegedly killing Davis, Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry.

Jones was charged with multiple criminal counts, including three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

PHOTO: University of Virginia Director of Athletics Carla Williams speaks during a memorial service for three slain University of Virginia football players at the school's John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Illinois Virginia, November 19, 2022.

University of Virginia athletic director Carla Williams speaks during a memorial service for three slain University of Virginia football players Lavel Davis Jr., Sean Perry and Devin Chandler at John Paul Jones Arena from the school in Charlottesville, Virginia on November 19, 2022.

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Davis was a wide receiver from Ridgeville, South Carolina, and was in his third year, university president Jim Ryan said at a Nov. 14 news conference.

Ryan Lyncht, a sophomore at the University of Virginia, told ABC News that she was on the bus at the time of the shooting and was close with Davis, Chandler and Perry, who were also her classmates. class.

Lynch said she wanted Davis Jr.’s family to know he wasn’t alone in his final moments.

“One of us was with them after they were shot and we loved them so much,” she told ABC News earlier this month.

ABC News’ Ivan Pereira, Emily Shapiro and Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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