MyFOXDFW.com reports that Texas A&M lineman Polo Manukainiu and two others were killed in a car accident in New Mexico. Utah recruit Gaius Vaenuku and 13-year-old Lolo Uhatafe were also killed.
A&M players shared their thoughts for Manukainiu via Twitter.
My thought and prayers go out to my teammates family. Sad day. RIP Polo
— Ben King Malena (@King1Malena) 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
Manukainiu redshirted the 2012 season. He was 19.
Vaenuku signed with Utah in the winter. He was a three-star defensive end prospect out of Euless (Texas) Trinity, where Uhatafe was also enrolled. Vaenuku was 18; Uhatafe was 13.
Trinity has a memorial page on its website for well-wishers to share condolences.
Manukainiu tweeted on Monday that he had a “22 hour drive on no sleep,” from Utah back to Texas. The accident occurred on U.S. 550, north of Albuquerque.