The Charleston Southern football program is dealing with the tragic death of freshman defensive lineman Lorvens Florestal, who was shot and killed early this morning.
According to a release from CSU, Florestal was the victim of a random act of violence. The Delray Beach (Fla.) native was an innocent bystander, according to witnesses.
“My heart hurts for Lorvens Florestal’s family and friends back home in South Florida," CSU head coach Autry Denson said. "Our CSU football ministry, the CSU family, and communities all over this country should never have to endure senseless acts of violence. Under no circumstances should this be the narrative of Lorvens’s life, a young man just beginning to live out his dream of being a Division One student-athlete."
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Florestal, an all-state and All-Palm Beach County selection during his time at Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, had walked on at Charleston Southern this summer. The Buccaneers are set to begin their 2021 season on September 11 against The Citadel.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Florestal's family, friends and teammates during this horrific time.
Rest in peace, Lorvens.