Virginia grants posthumous degrees to slain football players

The University of Virginia has issued posthumous honorary degrees in honor of Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, who were shot to death last month.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs Rachel Most, who served as dean for all three players at the College of Arts & Sciences, made the application.

Chandler studied American Studies; Davis studied African American and African Studies; Perry studied studio art as well as African American and African Studies.

All three Cavaliers football players were shot dead on a charter bus after returning home from a school trip to Washington, DC on November 13. Two others, Mike Hollins and Marlee Morgan, were shot but survived. Hollins is expected to graduate with his bachelor’s degree this month.

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a UVA student and former football team member who was traveling, was charged with triple second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Prosecutors have also charged him with two counts of malicious assault and additional weapons-related charges in connection with the shooting of Hollins and Morgan. He is being held without bail in a Charlottesville jail. A case status hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

The entire Virginia football team, along with Athletic Director Carla Williams, President Jim Ryan, and other athletic department and university officials, attended the funerals for all three players in their respective hometowns.

In a university press release, Williams said, “It was a great honor to be involved in presenting these diplomas to the families of Devin, Lavel and D’Sean.” Virginia grants posthumous degrees to slain football players

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