Ohio State and Maryland wore helmet decals Saturday in honor of slain Virginia football players

The state of Ohio will wear Virginia-themed helmet decals Saturday to honor the lives of three University of Virginia football players who were killed in a campus shootout last weekend.

The football program announced this via Twitter with an image showing a sticker showing the state of Virginia in blue and the city of Charlottesville – the location of the UVA campus – with a red heart.

“We would like to extend our sorrow and prayers to the entire University of Virginia and its football program over the senseless killings that took place this past weekend,” Ryan Day said Tuesday on behalf of the Ohio State program. “Our prayers to the families and friends who have lost loved ones. It is tragic, pointless and it pains me to understand why something like this would happen and so our thoughts are with everyone there in Charlottesville.”

Virginia wide receivers Lavel Davis Jr. and Devin Chandler, and defense attorney D’Sean Perry were killed late Sunday night while their bus was returning from Washington, DC to Charlottesville, where the players had been watching a play with their classmates. Running back Mike Hollins was also a victim of the shooting and is in critical condition after being shot in the back, according to ESPN. A fifth victim not linked to the football program was discharged from UVA hospital on Tuesday.

Local authorities arrested former Virginia walk-on running back Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. and charged him with three counts of second-degree murder, five counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and two malicious wounds in connection with the campus slaughter, the show court records.

The Maryland soccer team also announced Saturday that its players will wear the same sticker on their helmets at the Ohio State game.

“When things like this happen, it puts a lot of things into perspective, especially for me, to have to be a father who lost a son to gun violence,” Locksley said Tuesday. “I spoke to our team (Monday) about this and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

The Buckeyes and Terrapins kick off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at SECU Stadium in College Park, Maryland. The game will be broadcast on ABC.

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