The University of Virginia on Tuesday announced it will honor the three student-athletes who were killed in a shooting last month with posthumous degrees.
All three players were shot and killed on a charter bus after returning home from a class trip to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 13. Two others, running back Mike Hollins and Marlee Morgan, were shot but survived and have been released from the hospital.
The College of Arts & Sciences departments where the students were studying, and the Office of the Provost, approved awarding the posthumous degrees to Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs Rachel Most, who served as dean for all three students in the College, initiated the request.
Davis, a third-year student from Ridgeville, South Carolina, majored in African American and African studies. Chandler, a second-year student from Huntersville, North Carolina, majored in American studies. Fourth-year Perry, of Miami, double majored in studio art and in African American and African studies.
At Davis’ funeral service on Nov. 30 in North Charleston, South Carolina, Athletic Direct Carla Williams said it became obvious in talking with Davis’ family “why earning his degree from the University of Virginia was so important to Lavel. He worked extremely hard for it.”
“Earning his degree from the University of Virginia was so important to Lavel,” Hollins said at Davis’ funeral service in North Charleston, S.C., on Nov. 30. “He worked extremely hard for it.”