ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia is mourning after a football player and a staff member were killed in a crash less than 24 hours after the team’s championship parade.
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Channel 2′s Michael Seiden was in Athens on Monday, where students and fans are still trying to wrap their heads around what happened.
Devin Willock, a 20-year-old offensive lineman for the Bulldogs and Chandler Lecroy, a 24-year-old recruitment analyst with the team, were both killed in an early morning wreck on Sunday. Two more people in the car were injured.
Another offensive lineman, Warren McClendon, and another recruiting staff member, Victoria Bowles, were injured in the crash.
Witnesses Rachel Dockman and Kobe Largeman called 911.
“We wanted to go help, but then the electric, it was flaring,” Dockman said.
Largeman said the crash was horrifying.
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“We were still hoping that he might have made it, but first responders went to him right away and no pulse,” Largeman said.
Athens-Clarke County police said the accident report will be released later this week.
In the meantime, there was a growing memorial outside Sanford Stadium Monday.
Seiden spoke to LeCroy’s mother, who said she’s too overcome with grief to talk about her daughter, but put him in touch with a youth minister and close family friend.
“She was a special, special person to me and so many people here,” Sanders said. “I don’t think there’s ever been a time that I’ve been for awhile that I didn’t have a smile on my face because she just lit up the room and just had a way of bringing the best out of everyone.”
Sanders said he met LeCroy more than 10 years ago while he was serving as the youth minister at the church.
“One of the things that she loved to do was go on any mission trip that we ever did here at the church,” Sanders said. “She was always thinking about others. She just loved to get involved.”
Sanders was not surprised to learn that after earing two degrees from the University of Georgia, LeCroy landed a job inside Georgia’s football recruiting department.
“She was always trying to build those relationships and make the most of every opportunity,” Sanders said.
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