Following the shooting deaths of three of its football players on Sunday, the University of Virginia announced Wednesday that it has canceled its football game scheduled for Saturday.
The game against Coastal Carolina was the last scheduled home game of the season. The university said it has not decided whether the team will play its final game of the season, a Nov. 26 game at Virginia Tech.
Three players – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry – were killed in Sunday night’s shooting and two others were injured.
The shooter, whom police have identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was an occasional player on the team in 2018. On Monday, University of Virginia Police Chief Timothy Longo said Jones would be charged with three counts of second degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
Mr Jones was in court on Wednesday. He said he was looking for his own attorney and would be represented by a public defender in the meantime.
He was held without bail; a hearing date has been set for December 8.
A prosecutor read a police account of the shooting, in which a witness said Mr Jones was ‘aiming at certain people and not shooting randomly’.
Team coach Tony Elliott told a news conference on Tuesday his priority was spending time with his players as they grieve. “I’m just trying to figure out, step by step, how to be strong for these young men,” he said, adding that they would decide together when they return to the pitch.
Campbell Robertson contributed report.
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