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.
— 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
— 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
— 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
— David Smoak (@DavidSmoak) July 30, 2013
— IG: Saint_Jamezzz (@Saint_Jamezzz) July 30, 2013
More info as we learn it.