Patriots lend jet to UVA football players for teammates’ funerals

Patriots lend jet to UVA football players for teammates’ funerals

Judge orders UVA shooting suspect held without bond

Judge orders UVA shooting suspect held without bond

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The New England Patriots lent their jet to University of Virginia football players so they could attend the funerals of their three teammates, who were killed earlier this month. The funerals were held in Miami, Virginia Beach and North Charleston, South Carolina, the hometowns of each player, according to CBS Sports.

The three players, Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, were shot and killed on a bus returning from a field trip in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 13. Police responded to a call of shots fired at approximately 10: 30 p.m., and arrested a 22-year-old suspect, a former football player at the university.

Chandler was a second-year student, Davis was a third-year student and Perry was a fourth-year student, UVA President Jim Ryan said during a press conference. Two other students were wounded in the shooting.

Perry’s funeral was held in Miami on Saturday. CBS Sports reports that Chandler’s funeral was held in Miami on Saturday. Davis’ is in South Carolina Wednesday. Robert Kraft, Patriots CEO and owner, sent the plane to Virginia to fly his team to each location for free.

Just saw New England’s plane at CHO. They gave it to UVa to transport the players to the three funerals. What an amazing gesture #GoHoos

— Brandon Lloyd (@blloyd8298) November 25, 2022

A former Virginia sports reporter spotted the jet at Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on Friday. Brandon Lloyd tweeted, “Just saw New England’s plane at CHO.” “What an incredible gesture.”

After the shooting, the Cavaliers decided to skip the final two football games of the 2022 season. CBS Sports reports that a vigil was held after the deaths of the players.

The suspect, Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony. James Hingeley, Albemarle County Commonwealth Attorney, said that two additional charges of malicious wounding were added along with two related firearms charges. This accounts for the shootings at the two other victims.

CBS News has reached out to the Patriots for more information and is awaiting response.

Caitlin O’Kane


Caitlin O’Kane is a digital content producer covering trending stories for CBS News and its good news brand, The Uplift.

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