Sep 21, 2019; Madison, WI, USA; A Wisconsin Badgers helmet sits on the sidelines during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin football players react to the tragic passing of former teammate

Wisconsin football players react to the tragic passing of former WR Devin Chandler

A former Wisconsin football player was among three student-athletes killed in a shooting at the University of Virginia late Sunday night.

According to school officials, former Badgers wide receiver Devin Chandler, along with linebacker D’Sean Perry and WR Lavel Davis Jr., were allegedly shot and killed by a gunman believed to be a former player. Two others were injured during the incident, with one in critical condition.

“Around 10:30 p.m. last night, there was a shooting on Grounds. One of our students, Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., is suspected to have committed the shooting. The suspect remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous. Multiple law enforcement agencies are coordinating to find and apprehend him,” UVA president Jim Ryan announced in a statement early Monday morning.

Chandler, a former three-star prospect, was a member of the Wisconsin Badgers 2020 recruiting class and appeared in 10 games as a receiver and kick returner during his two seasons in Madison.

He wound up transferring to Virginia six games into the 2021 season to be closer to home. Chandler had yet to make an appearance for the Virginia Cavaliers.

Here is a look at the reactions from the Wisconsin football players who learned of Chandler’s passing this morning…


A message from Wisconsin Badgers head coach Jim Leonhard

Badgers RB Braelon Allen

Badgers OLB Nick Herbig

Badgers WR Skyler Bell

Badgers OLB Kaden Johnson


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