Robert Kraft Lends Plane To University Of Virginia Football Team So They Can Attend Teammates’ Funerals

Robert Kraft is the best.

The owner of the New England Patriots lent one of his team’s two planes to the University of Virginia football team so they could attend the funerals of teammates who were killed on an campus shooting earlier this month.

Teammates D’Sean Perry, Devin Chandler, and Lavel Davis Jr. were murdered on November 13 aboard a charter bus as they returned to campus after traveling to Washington, where their class attended a play. 

Authorities have said that Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., a UVA student and former member of the football team who was on the trip, began shooting students on the bus as it pulled to a stop at a campus parking garage. Two other students were wounded, including football player Mike Hollins.


Perry’s funeral happened Saturday in Florida, while Chandler’s funeral occurred in Virginia Beach. Davis Jr.’s memorial is scheduled for today in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Last week, the university announced that it had canceled the final game of the season scheduled for Saturday against Virginia Tech.

“The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Virginia at Virginia Tech football game scheduled for Saturday, November 26, has been canceled,” the University of Virginia said in a statement. “The decision was made following communication between the Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia and Virginia Tech athletic department administration.”

“The ACC and Virginia Tech continue to support UVA following the devastating tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of three members of the Cavalier football team – Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry, and injuries to students Mike Hollins (also a Virginia football student-athlete) and Marlee Morgan.”

As for Jones Jr., he faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

His next court date is scheduled for December.