A lawyer representing the family of georgia university American football player Devin Willock, who died in a car accident just hours after holding back-to-back national championships, held a news conference Thursday afternoon to read a statement from Willock’s parents.
Attorney Roy T. Willey IV spoke to reporters outside the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, where he read a statement on behalf of Dave and Sharlene Willock, who said they were «unable to appear today.»
«First, we’d like to thank the City of Athens and the overwhelming support from the Georgia and New Jersey soccer communities, fans, teammates, coaches and friends over the past few days. As there are no words that can be found to describe the pain we are experiencing with our loss, the support of all those who have said kind words and shared loving memories of Devin has helped us during this time,» the statement began.
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«What we’d like everyone to know is that Devin was more than just a football player. He was a trusted friend, a supportive and loving brother, a dedicated student and a wonderful son. Devin’s infectious personality and loving smile it’s something that no one who knew or saw him will ever forget. He was a young man who wasn’t just motivated by soccer. He was driven by his love for others and his desire to fulfill his future.»
That statement went on to ask that supporters «keep Chandler LeCroy’s family in your thoughts and prayers,» as well as the other two survivors of the crash.
LeCroy, a member of the Georgia football staff, was also died in the accident. She was driving the vehicle at the time.
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«While we can never get over this moment, your prayers, thoughts and memories of Devin continue to give us strength during this time,» the statement concluded.
The law firm issued a statement Wednesday announcing the press conference and plans to discuss details of the investigation and legal action.
But Dave Willock told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution that he has no plans to take legal action against the university and learned about the news conference from the news.
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«No, Georgia is working with us,» he said. «We have no reason to do that because they are compensating us 100%.»
Wiley did not mention any potential legal action during Thursday’s news conference.
According to an accident report released by the Athens-Clarke Police Department on Tuesday, investigators say speeding was a contributing factor in Sunday’s crash. Willock and another passenger were also not wearing seat belts at the time.