CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — From leaders of the commonwealth to the President of the United States, all are offering their condolences to those affected by the tragic shooting at the University of Virginia.

Three football players from UVA lost their lives when a shooter gunned them down in the area of Culbreth Road on campus on Sunday, Nov. 13. The shooter has been taken into custody since then and the names of the victims have been released by the University of Virginia Police Department.

Those who lost their lives are Lavel Davis Jr., D.Sean Perry, and Devin Chandler. Two others were injured in the shooting.

Below are statements from local leaders as well as the White House:


“I cannot find the words to express the devastation and heartache that our team is feeling today after the tragic events last night that resulted in the deaths of Lavel, D’Sean and Devin, and the others who were injured. These were incredible young men with huge aspirations and extremely bright futures. Our hearts ache for their families, their classmates and their friends. These precious young men were called away too soon. We are all fortunate to have them be a part of our lives. They touched us, inspired us and worked incredibly hard as representatives of our program, university and community. Rest in peace, young men.”

Virginia Head Football Coach Tony Elliott

“As a mother of three children, I ache for the parents and family members. We lost three talented and bright young men. We will never see what their impact on the world would have been, but we will never forget their impact on us. I miss Lavel, D’Sean and Devin. I pray for peace, comfort and hope for their parents and loved ones. For their teammates, coaches and friends, I pray for strength and a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

University of Virginia Athletics Director Carla Williams


The President and First Lady are mourning with the University of Virginia community after yet another deadly shooting in America has taken the lives of three young people. Our deepest condolences are with the countless families, friends, and neighbors grieving for those killed as well as those injured in this senseless shooting.

Administration officials are in close contact with state and local officials, and we are grateful for those authorities’ swift response to this attack.

Too many families across America are bearing the awful burden of gun violence. Earlier this year, President Biden signed the most significant gun safety law in nearly three decades, in addition to taking other historic actions. But we must do more. We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets. House Democrats acted, and the Senate should follow.”

— White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre


This morning, Suzanne and I are praying for the UVA community. Virginia State Police is fully coordinating with UVA police department and local authorities. Please shelter in place while the authorities work to locate the suspect.

— Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Twitter

“We are heartbroken to hear about the tragic shooting at UVA and are praying for those who were injured, the families who lost loved ones, and the entire UVA community. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and urge everyone to follow the directions of local law enforcement as they continue searching for the suspect.”

– U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine 

WFXR will be working to update this story as more statements are made by local and national leaders.