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Emotional candlelight vigil held for former UofL football player

Daniel Covington Daniel Covington
Isaiah Howes Isaiah Howes

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - About 100 people gathered at the 'Home of the Card March' at Papa John's Stadium Sunday night to share their memories of former University of Louisville football player Daniel Covington.

Friends organized the candlelight vigil to remember the 23-year-old after he was shot and killed early Sept. 16 at 2nd and Liberty Streets. Sources tell us former UofL baseball player Isaiah Howes pulled the trigger, and investigators believe the shooting may be a case of self-defense.

Less than 12 hours after the shooting LMPD Homicide Detective Lt. Barry Wilkerson said Covington believed he heard a comment he didn't like from someone in another car, so he approached the car while it was stopped at a traffic light.

Our sources say Howes and his brother were inside that car. Before the shooting, both groups reportedly left two separate night clubs. According to Wilkerson, Covington was assaulted Howes and his brother when Howes fired a single shot that struck his brother in the hand and fatally wounded Covington.

Covington's friends shared their memories about the football star at Sunday's candlelight vigil. One friend said she hopes people will remember Covington for how he lived his life.

"We always knew he touched a lot of people he was an amazing guy and everyone is going to miss him dearly," said Nicole Pacylowsky.

"He's one of those people that you want to hang out with," Pacylowsky said.

Some of Covington's friends and family members drove from Lexington to be at the candlelight vigil.

"We just wanted to come up and thank you guys for loving on Daniel for us," said Virgil Covington, Daniel's older brother.

As Virgil listened to person after person speak about Daniel, he said it was a good trip down memory lane.  

"He wasn't on paper anything special, but the minute you meet him you're just like: 'who was that?' He just had that aura about him and he touched many people's lives," Virgil said.

Toward the end of the 'Celebration of Covington's life,' a friend of Daniel's, who did not mention the accused shooter by name, said people need to forgive him.

Virgil says his family has already started forgiving.

"We're not angry with anybody," Virgil said. "It's just that it happened. We can't change it."

Virgil says his family is in the process of starting "The Daniel T. Covington Memorial Scholarship."

A wake for Covington was set for 4 p.m. Sept. 20 at Southland Christian Church in Lexington; his funeral was scheduled for Sept. 21 at 11 a.m.

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