Originally posted on College Spun  |  Last updated 7/30/13
The college sports world got some terrible news early Tuesday morning. It’s been reported by multiple publications that Texas A&M freshman Polo Manukainiu was involved in a fatal car crash last night on his drive home from Utah to Texas. The accident, which took place in New Mexico, also killed two other teenagers – Utah recruit Gaius Vaenuku and Trinity High School student Lolo Uhatafe. 3 teens dead in NM crash.. Texas A&M DE Polo Manukainiu… Utah football recruit Gaius Vaenuku .. Trinity HS Lolo Uhatafe — FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) July 30, 2013 The Texas A&M community has been pouring in support for Manukainiu’s family. Teammates, friends and fans have been expressing their condolences on Twitter – including TCU coach Gary Patterson and Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel. Very saddened this morning by the passing of @ManukainiuPolo what a great kid! Praying for his family. #RIPpolo pic.twitter.com/UsibTtdi50 — Texas A&M Equipment (@TAMUequipment) July 30, 2013 Heart hurts waking up to news about Polo.. I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say we love you brother you will be missed — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) July 30, 2013 @jakelangi @GaiusVaenuku @ManukainiuPolo our hearts at TCU go out to the families of these great young men of the Euless Trinity family! — Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) July 30, 2013 damn.. rest in peace to @ManukainiuPolo … he’ll be our 12th man from up above — Marvin Taylor III (@MarvoThaReal) July 30, 2013 Head to work today with a heavy heart for @ManukainiuPolo and his family! He was such a sweet spirited kid with a bright future! #Praying — BrandonLeone (@BrandonLeone) July 30, 2013 Prayers and condolences to @ManukainiuPolo ‘s family. “Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4 NKJV) — HiiiiiPowerrrrr. (@HiiiiiPowerrrrr) July 30, 2013 Wow. Not the news anyone wanted to wake up to. Aggieland, lift @ManukainiuPolo’s family and friends up in prayer this morning. — Jerron Reese (@J_Reezy12) July 30, 2013 Rest in paradise @ManukainiuPolo.. I love you so much and you will never ever be forgotten, gig em babyboy❤ — Mia Molitor (@MiaMoli28) July 30, 2013 My heart broke that he tweeted this. Rest in peace Polo. RT @ManukainiuPolo: 22 hour drive back to Texas on no sleep. Oh my — Brittany Ryan (@BrittTheBest) July 30, 2013 Praying for @ManukainiuPolo and the A&M football fam. You always had a smile on your face and made everyone around you laugh with you. — Billy Liucci (@billyliucci) July 30, 2013 Saddened to hear the news of @Aggies DL @ManukainiuPolo‘s passing, prayers to Polo’s family and to the entire A&M family. #lifeistooshort — David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) July 30, 2013 God’s building his own Poly Empire..#RIP @ManukainiuPolo — IG: Saint_Jamezzz (@Saint_Jamezzz) July 30, 2013 More info as we learn it.
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