University of Virginia Cancels Final Home Football Game After Shooting

Following the fatal shooting of three of its football players on Sunday, the University of Virginia said on Wednesday it had 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 had not decided whether the team will play its final game of the season, a Nov. 26 matchup 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 wounded.

The gunman, who the police identified as Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., was a walk-on player on the team in 2018. On Monday, Timothy Longo, chief of police for the University of Virginia, said Mr. 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 seeking his own counsel, and would be represented by a public defender in the interim.

He was held without bond; a court 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 was not randomly shooting.”

The team’s coach, Tony Elliott, said during a news conference on Tuesday that his priority was spending time with his players as they mourn. “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 would return to the field.

Campbell Robertson contributed reporting.

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