The mother of University of Virginia running back Mike Hollins, who was hospitalized after a shooting that killed three football players last Sunday, said her son was trying to warn others before he was hit by guns. fire.
Hollins, a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is one of two people injured when a classmate opened fire on a bus returning to Charlottesville after a school trip, killing football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr .and D’Sean Perry.
While Mike Hollins remains hospitalized, the athlete’s mother, Brenda Hollins, spoke to CNN’s John Berman on Friday night and described the heartbreaking moments when her son exited the bus yelling at two of his classmates. to escape.
But when he noticed no one else was coming out, he started getting on the bus and yelling at them to leave, she said.
“He tried to take that first step back on the bus and he ran into the shooter,” Hollins said.
“I am grateful that he is able to tell the story,” she added.
Brenda Hollins also gave an update on her condition, saying Friday was a tough day for her son and he still has a long way to go to recover.
“My son, he has feelings, so having pain is good. And so I try to see him in that way because…I saw him yesterday…he was up, he was walking. He was laughing, and I mean we had a great time, and then today he’s in pain,” the mother told CNN. “He’s back in bed, and I know it’s going to be up and down, and I’m grateful to him because with the pain, here he is, he’s with me.”
She added: “I am grateful, grateful because I could be one of the parents of the other boys and they are preparing to receive the bodies of their sons. I could not imagine. I could not imagine.
Hollins said her son was waiting from his hospital bed to find out what happened to D’Sean Perry and the other people who died. Perry was Mike’s best friend, his mother said.
“As soon as they took him off the ventilator, he asked ‘where’s D’Sean.’ And nobody said anything, and my daughter, she shook her head and she told him he didn’t. hadn’t survived. And it just broke down, it broke down,” Hollins said.
The mother described feeling helpless as she tried to comfort her injured son.
“Every time your child cries, you want to comfort him and that was a time when I couldn’t comfort him,” she said. “Children always run to their mother, always, and he couldn’t run to me, and I couldn’t hug him,” she added.
The suspect in the shooting, former UVA football player Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., faces three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony, UVA Police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. said. He also faces two counts of malicious wounding, each accompanied by a firearms charge.
Jones had his first court appearance on Wednesday and the court ordered that he be held without bail. He is still being held at Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, according to online records.
The University of Virginia planned to hold a public memorial service at its basketball stadium, John Paul Jones Arena, on Saturday to honor the lives lost in the shooting. It will be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.
The university has increased security in and around the arena after receiving a threatening email related to the memorial service, the UVA Police Department said on Twitter, but added that the memorial would continue as planned.
When the Virginia men’s basketball team took to the court for a game in Las Vegas on Friday, the players wore sweatshirts honoring the three football players killed in the shooting.
The sweatshirts featured the words “UVA Strong” on the front and the names Chandler, Davis Jr. and Perry on the back.
“I want Coach (Tony) Elliott and all of these players and especially these families to know that we love them and certainly pray for them,” Cavaliers men’s basketball head coach Tony Bennett said during from the ESPN2 television broadcast on Friday.
Several college football teams across the state of Virginia are honoring football players with helmet decals at upcoming games. The Virginia Tech Hokies, Old Dominion Monarchs, Liberty Flames and James Madison Dukes have all announced that players will wear helmet decals Saturday.
NFL Washington Commanders also announced that the team will wear three helmet decals with the jersey numbers of the three football players.
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