ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – When the Lobos take on Arizona State Saturday, linebacker Donnie White won’t be there. The UNM Lobos football team is rallying around one of their own after the news that White’s father was murdered, a victim of a senseless crime.
The sophomore is back home in Missouri, just hours after hearing the shocking news. Police say the shooting happened around 3:00 p.m. in St. Louis Thursday afternoon, when two men with assault-style weapons opened fire on traffic at an intersection. In one of the cars, was 52 year-old Donnie White, Sr.
The retired Army Sergeant was killed while carpooling home from work.
Police say the killers were targeting another car but only ended up shooting innocent bystanders.
On Friday, the sophomore player wrote on Twitter, “I highly appreciate the love and support from friends and family. Just keep me and my family in your prayers.”
And people are, with support pouring in from the Lobo family.
“All of Lobo Nation has you in our thoughts and prayers, Donnie,” wrote voice of the Lobos Robert Portnoy on Twitter.
The team’s official twitter page is staying silent about Saturday’s game, the focus, all on Donnie.
In a statement, head football coach Bob Davie called it a tragic loss for the Lobo football family.
“Donnie came to our office at about 4:00 pm Thursday and informed us of this horrible tragedy. He was obviously devastated, as we all were by the news,” Davie said. “We were able to get Donnie back to St. Louis last night to be with his family.”