Hours after he set career highs in receptions and receiving yards in Virginia Tech’s 23-10 win over Boston College, freshman wide receiver Sean Savoy tweeted that his brother, Omar Rogers, had been shot and killed.
In his Wednesday teleconference, Hokies coach Justin Fuente said that Savoy is back home with his family in Washington, D.C. He also thanked everyone who has reached out and sought to help Savoy.
Tuesday, a GoFundMe page was created to assist with funeral costs and education for Rogers’ two sons. As of Wednesday morning, the $10,000 goal had been well surpassed, with over $16,000 collected.
“It’s really been a fantastic example of people understanding that football is only a part of these kids’ lives, that they deal with things much bigger than football, and we’re just very appreciative of the way everybody has handled that,” Fuente said Wednesday.
Fuente said that Savoy “wants to be back with his teammates,” but the coaches have let him know that football should take a back seat. Virginia Tech has a bye this week.
“We let the young man know that what’s going on here with football is secondary,” Fuente said. “Their first reaction is always to worry about that, and we want them to put that on the back burner and handle their family.
“We have a system obviously of checks and balances when someone has got to go home in terms of making sure we’re up to date on what their responsibilities are academically, and then we encourage our team, and our team has done a fantastic job of being there for Sean, not just our players but our coaching staff, just to let him know that we’re here to support him.”
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