3 UVA soccer players killed; Southside Motor Speedway; Thanksgiving turkey shortage

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – Here’s a look at our top Tuesday headlines!

Tragedy at UVA

UVA Police said the shooting happened on Culbreth Road in a car park behind the Drama Building.

The UVA community and the Commonwealth are in mourning after losing three talented football players to a shooting on a charter bus.

Two others are in hospital recovering from their injuries while the suspect remains behind bars at Henrico.

Police say fellow UVA student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. opened fire on the bus with 25 people.

University says students were returning from a field trip to see a play in Washington DC

The university canceled all classes and formal activities for Nov. 15 following the shooting.

“Wonderful and magnetic people”

The 22-year-old suspect is in police custody was arrested not far from his family’s home in Henrico.

The UVA football team is reeling from this tragedy which claimed the lives of three team members and injured two others.

D’Sean Perry was a junior linebacker from Miami, Florida. His teammates describe him on social media as a gentle giant, the epitome of resilience and perseverance.

Lavel “Tyler” Davis, also a junior, was a star receiver from Ridgeville, South Carolina. He is described as someone who loved his family and friends fiercely. His passion for football ran deep, with many saying he had a chance of going to the NFL Draft after this season.

Devin Chandler is also a junior wide receiver. He transferred to UVA from the University of Wisconsin last year. Today friends say they can’t believe someone so full of life is gone, he was an incredibly kind person who always had a huge smile on his face.

Head Coach Tony Elliot released a statement saying: “They were incredible young men with huge aspirations and hugely promising futures. Our hearts ache for their families, classmates and friends. These precious young men were recalled too soon.

Other players on the team are also trying to figure out what happened.

Christopher Darnell Jones Jr. set to be arraigned

The suspect, 22-year-old Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., is due in court today.

He is currently being held in the Henrico County Jail.

This morning he will be summoned by video to Albemarle Court for an arraignment hearing.

Jones faces multiple counts, including three counts of second-degree murder.

He was arrested about 12 hours after the shooting in east Henrico – not far from where he grew up.

Jones’ father says he spoke with his son about a month ago and something was wrong with him.

Future of Southside Speedway

Racing could return to Southside Speedway in Chesterfield.

The county has hired a longtime motorsports consultant to analyze the current state of facilities off Genito Road.

They will determine how much work and money it would take to make it a viable racing site.

You’ll recall – Southside Speedway hosted stock car racing for more than 60 years – before the pandemic forced the cancellation of its 2020 racing schedule.

The consultancy is expected to present its findings at tomorrow’s supervisory board meeting.

Bird flu and inflation cause Thanksgiving turkey shortage

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The US Department of Agriculture says turkeys are 23% more expensive than in 2021.

This is partly due to the avian flu which decimated some farmers, as well as inflation.

As a result, buyers are looking to secure their holiday turkeys much earlier than usual.

Overall, the typical Thanksgiving dinner is expected to cost almost 14% more than last year, but we can still expect a good crowd around the Thanksgiving table.

A survey shows that adults under 32 plan to host around 10 guests this holiday.

Learn, act, share!

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Today is America Recycles Day, and the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority wants to encourage everyone to be mindful of their spending habits, reduce waste, and recycle properly.

They say it could bring economic benefits and protect natural resources.

Cold rain is coming later today!

Today will be a cloudy day with rain arriving late afternoon through evening.

Highs will be in the mid 40s.