Georgia offensive lineman Devin Willock had made a fan’s day on Saturday, just hours before he was tragically killed in a car crash.
Sam Kramer tweeted his appreciation for Willock on Saturday after the player met his grandson and took a photo with him. The child was seen in pictures. posted on social media smiling and posing with Willock.
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“Special thanks to @DevinWillock for taking time for my grandson when he didn’t have to. You went above and beyond to make him feel special and made his day! Good luck next year! Go ahead folks!” Kramer tweeted.
Willock responded with a heart emoji.
Hours later, the unthinkable happened.
Willock, 20, and Chandler LeCroy, 24, were killed in a car crash in Athens, Georgia, early Sunday morning, the UGA Athletic Association said. Two other team members were also injured and are in stable condition.
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“We are all heartbroken and devastated by the loss of Devin Willock and Chandler LeCroy,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said in a statement. “Devin was an outstanding young man in every way and was always smiling. He was a great teammate and a joy to coach. Chandler was a valued member of our soccer staff and brought an incredible attitude and energy every day. We grieved with their families on this tragic loss and I will support them in every way possible.”
Willock was a passenger in an SUV that crashed in Athens around 2:45 a.m. local time, police said. The vehicle was traveling in the outside lane when it skidded off the road and collided with two light poles and several trees, according to authorities.
According to FOX 5 Atlanta, Willock was found dead at the scene. LeCroy, who was the driver, was transported to the hospital where she later died, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Willock, a redshirt sophomore from New Milford, New Jersey, was a backup offensive lineman for the Bulldogs who played in every regular season game. He also played in the SEC Championship and both College Football Playoff games.