Funeral plans were pending Wednesday for a former San Diego high school football standout who played safety for the University of New Mexico Lobos and who was killed in a single-vehicle crash while driving home for the holidays.
Markel Byrd, 20, died in crash on Interstate 40 in Gallup, New Mexico, Tuesday after his car experienced a blowout. His girlfriend, whose name was not immediately available, was critically injured, according to the University of New Mexico.
“This is an absolute tragedy. Markel Byrd was an outstanding person and student-athlete and we will miss him,” Lobos Head Coach Bob Davie said. “I was with the family late Tuesday night and obviously they are devastated. Our thoughts and prayers go to them. Markel will forever be a member of our family.”
Byrd, a UNM sophomore, played safety for the school for the past two years. The former prep standout at Horizon Christian Academy was tied this year for team leader in interceptions and was eighth in tackles, according to the university.
University officials said memorial service and funeral arrangements were pending.
—City News Service
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