the University of Virginia Soccer players killed while returning from an outing earlier this week died of gunshot wounds to the head, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed.
An administrator with the medical examiner’s office confirmed the causes of death for Lavel Davis Jr., D’Sean Perry and Devin Chandler in an email to The Associated Press, noting that the manner of death for all three men was homicide.
The victims were among several students who had traveled to Washington, DC, on Sunday for a field trip to see a performance. They were returning to the Richmond, Virginia, campus and were on a bus with about two dozen people around 12:35 a.m. Monday when Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. allegedly opened fire.
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Jones, also a student who attended the field trip, was previously a member of the football team.
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Before the shooting, Jones “got up and pushed [victim] Level [Davis]”Witness Ryan Lynch, 19, told local news station KYW-TV. “After I pushed him, he said: ‘You guys are always picking on me.’ He said something weird like that. But it was very strange because they didn’t talk to him the whole trip.”
Lynch reportedly said that he thought Jones was “going to shoot everyone on the bus at that point.”
“It just kept coming more and more shots. The shooter just walked or jumped off the bus when I saw him go by,” Lynch told the station. She described how one of the victims “just had so many shots in him.”
Jones allegedly fired more rounds as he fled, authorities said. Police said investigators recovered a firearm in “relative proximity.”
One of the three victims was sleeping at the time of the shooting, prosecutors said.
Two other victims were injured but survived.
Jones has been charged with three counts of second-degree murder, among other charges. The chase for the 23-year-old ended hours later.
UVA Police Chief Timothy J. Longo said Jones had a disciplinary history with the university over a hazing incident and was allegedly involved in a previous weapons investigation.
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A memorial service honoring Chandler, Davis and Perry is scheduled for Saturday on the UVA campus.
Fox News Digital’s Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.