People across Virginia are honoring the three University of Virginia football players who were killed this past weekend.
On Thursday, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger, who is also an alumna of UVA, honored them on the floor on the U.S. House of Representatives.
A transcript of her statement is below:
I stand here as a Virginian, a UVA alumna, and a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to remember the UVA football teammates who were shot and killed earlier this week.
For the University of Virginia, it has been an unimaginable loss. For their families, it has been an unthinkable reality.
This week, we remember Lavel Davis Junior. We remember Devin Chandler. And we remember D’Sean Perry.
Both on the field and off the field, their classmates, their coaches, their professors, and their loved ones saw their commitment to success. They saw their selflessness, their curiosity, and their determination to make the University of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and our nation a stronger place.
Please join me in remembering their lives, honoring their memories, and standing strong as their families mourn. We also stand with the University of Virginia student body, professors, and community, the entire football team, and all those who are impacted by this horrific loss.
We also pray for the recovery of Michael Hollins Junior as he and his family continue on the long road to healing.
This week has demonstrated the resilience of the UVA community, and may we forever remember the lives that were lost: Lavel Davis Junior, Devin Chandler, and D’Sean Perry.
Perry, Chandler and Davis were killed Sunday night as they were returning to UVA from a field trip to Washington, D.C.
The person accused of shooting them, former UVA football player Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., has been denied bond and is being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.