Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver early Sunday morning. He was 26 years old.
According to Indiana State Police, the incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. when Jackson and Jeffrey Monroe, 54, were struck as they stood near a stopped vehicle by a Ford F-150 pickup truck that veered into the emergency shoulder. The driver has been identified as 37-year-old Alex Cabrera Gonsales. Monroe was killed as well.
"We were heartbroken to hear the news of Edwin Jackson's passing," the Colts said in a statement. "Edwin was loved by all in the Colts organization. We admired his outgoing personality, competitive spirit and hard-working mentality. He was well-respected among all with whom he crossed paths, and he will be greatly missed in our locker room and throughout our entire organization. We also understand that another person lost his life in the accident, only adding to our sorrow on this day. We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of both men during this difficult time."
Colts owner Jim Irsay responded to the news of Jackson's death on Twitter.
Here are a few tweets from the teammates who knew Jackson:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jackson's family, friends, and teammates.