UVA shooting survivor Mike Hollins ‘intends to play again for the football team once he recovers from injury,’ reveals his dad – with doctors expecting him to complete his rehab ‘within two to three months’
One of the survivors of the shooting at the University of Virginia says he hopes to return to the school’s football program once he makes a full recovery, according to his father.
Running back Mike Hollins is in the hospital recovering from a shot to the back by a former teammate after a trip to Washington, D.C.
His father – Mike Hollins Sr. – revealed his son would be discharged from UVA University Hospital ‘at some point this weekend or early next week’, as reported by The Athletic. Hollins Sr. added that his son is walking and showering on his own and that doctors expect him to fully recover within two to three months.
‘He’ll be fully recovered,’ Hollins Sr. said. ‘He’s not going to stop playing football. It’s not in him. He’s not a quitter.’
Mike Hollins (R) is recovering and plans on returning to play football for Virginia when healthy
Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 22, is alleged to have killed three members of the football team but was already known to police having been on their radar since September
Hollins was one of at least four Virginia Cavaliers football players who were shot after the class trip to the nation’s capital to see a play based on the story of Emmett Till.
The wounds Hollins suffered caused damage to his kidneys and small intestine – requiring multiple surgeries, his mother Brenda said Thursday.
Fellow teammates Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry were all killed in the incident and at least one other student was injured.
Police apprehended 22-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. in connection with the shooting. Jones is a former walk-on on the team.
Jones was taken into custody on Monday morning, some 12 hours after the crime. College officials have since revealed that he was reported to the office of student affairs in September by someone who became concerned when he told them he owned a gun.
Ryan Lynch, 19, was on the bus with about two dozen students when Jones reportedly pulled out a gun and fatally shot his former teammates.
‘Chris got up and pushed [victim] Lavel [Davis]. And then after he pushed him, he was like, “You guys are always messing with me.” He said something weird like that. But it was very bizarre because they didn’t talk to him the whole trip,’ Lynch recalled in an on-camera interview with Philadelphia’s KYW-TV.
The pre-med student said that she and her peers ‘thought he [Jones] was going to shoot everyone on the bus,’ Fox News reported.
She explained that the gunshots ‘just kept coming’ and then described that the shooter then ‘sort of, just walked or skipped off the bus,’ she told the station.
The victims are believed to have traveled back to Virginia from Washington DC on this bus. It’s unclear if the gunman fired into the bus or if he attacked players when they disembarked but two of the three victims were onboard
Tributes to the victims spread across social media – with prominent former football players expressing condolences.
Former Cavalier and Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill is planning to pay tribute by wearing special cleats with the numbers of the three players killed.
Earlier this week, the university announced they would be cancelling this weekend’s game against Coastal Carolina – their final home game of the season.
Juan Thornhill, a former UVA football star himself, will pay his respects to shooting victims
Students and community members gather for a candlelight vigil after a shooting that left three students dead the night before at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia