MONDAY 04/10/2021 2:04 p.m.
EPHRAIM, Utah (ABC4) – A vigil has been scheduled for the Utah college football player who was killed in an accident Sunday night. Ephraim Police have confirmed that a Snow College student-athlete was killed in a single vehicle crash in Sanpete County, about 115 miles south of Salt Lake City.
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Snow College Football has confirmed that the slain player is freshman offensive lineman Mafatini Mafatini. The Badgers say Mafatini joined the team this season after playing soccer in Maui, Hawaii.
“We are extremely saddened by the news of Mafitini’s passing. Our hearts and hearts go out to his family on Maui. Mafatini was such a bright light in this world. His infectious smile and laughter will be missed not only by our team, but by everyone who knew him. Once again, we offer our love and prayers for his family and for all who were involved in this terrible accident, ”said Zac Erekson, Snow College Head Coach.
“A tragedy like this shakes us all,” said Snow College President Bradley Cook. “We appreciate those who gently handled this situation competently and we pledge our support to our coaches, players and the Mafatini family during this difficult time.”
Athletic Director Rob Nielson echoed President Cook’s comments saying: “Badger football is family and we are all grieving today. We will work together and take care of each other.
Snow College will be holding a rally on Monday, October 4 at 8 p.m. at the Robert Stoddard Football Field to remember Mafatini.
Mafatini came to Snow College with an official rival, Tuipuloto Lai, according to Maui News.
ORIGINAL STORY: Utah college football player killed in single vehicle crash
MONDAY 04/10/2021 6:47 a.m.
EPHRAIM, Utah (ABC4) – A central Utah student has died after an accident in Sanpete County.
Ephraim Police said Snow College confirmed that one of its football players died in the single vehicle crash at 100 North on Sunday night.
Numerous Snow College Football players, including Cortez Hogans, Lisala Tai, Noah Kema, and Owen Faamoe, posted on Twitter early Monday morning expressing their condolences to the slain player, who appears to be Mafatini Mafatini, a freshman offensive lineman.
Kema says in part: “Mafitini, I will always remember your pure heart and your smile… Rest in love.”
Although the family has been notified and a support team has been assembled, authorities have yet to identify the slain player.
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ABC4 will update this story as more information becomes available.
Snow College is a community college located in Ephraim, approximately 115 miles south of Salt Lake City.