Cardinal fans share their thoughts about Thursday's shooting

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - In two days, family and friends of former University of Louisville football player, Daniel Covington will begin to say their final goodbyes.

A wake will be held for the 23-year-old on Monday at 4p.m. at Southland Christian Church in Lexington. His funeral is scheduled for the next day at 11 in the morning at the church.

On Saturday, the Cardinal football team played against Oregon state. U of L Team Chaplain, Chris Morgan, told WAVE 3 he spoke with nearly 30 players before they left. He said they had many questions about the shooting. "They're shocked. They don't know what to say," Morgan said.

Morgan said some of the Cards, playing for the current team, used to play when Covington was on the team.  He said some of them mentioned they wanted to play Saturday's game for #30.

Covington died after an early morning shooting on Thursday. Sources tell WAVE 3 another former player, U of L Baseball's Isaiah Howes pulled the trigger. Louisville Metro Police detectives believe the shooting was in self-defense.

Cardinal fans have their opinions about the Thursday's shooting.  "It's a terrible situation, something that could have obviously been resolved without that. It's a shame for the whole Cardinal family base," U of L Fan, Neal Thompson said.

"It's always surprising when you hear about two people pulling up to a stop sign and one gets our of the car and tries to fight the passenger and somebody has to shoot somebody," U of L Alumni, Brandon Saxton said.

While there are many unanswered questions about that morning, including what lead up to the shooting and why, Saxton is another Card who believes it didn't have to end the way it did. "It went from a guy got out of his car and then to a shooting in a heartbeat and it just shows you how quickly things can escalate. It doesn't need to," he said.

"That two graduates of a university are doing that, you know, these are adults now. They're not kids anymore," U of L Alumni, Uriah Knudson said.

"I never would have dreamt this would happen," Morgan said. "This U of L family is a close knit group and its not character of what's going on," he continued. Morgan spoke to WAVE 3 Friday afternoon. He said the story people are hearing about the former athletes is not how he knows them. "Both of those good kids were in a bad situation that night," he said.

The Justice Resource Center planned a "Stop the Violence Prayer Vigil" at 2nd and Liberty, where the shooting happened. It is scheduled on Sunday.

Metro Police indicate they will be turning over their investigation soon to the Commonwealth's Attorney.

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