The following is an announcement from President Jack Miller, regarding CCSU student-athlete Jamar Johnson, a native of Bloomfield, CT:
Dear Colleagues and Students,
CCSU student-athlete Jamar Johnson died on Friday, August 2, 2013. He was grievously injured in a car accident on July 28. Jamar would have begun his sophomore year this semester. A Travelers EDGE scholar, he was a pre-accounting major. Jamar was also a member of the Blue Devils football team. Arrangements for his funeral are pending at this time. A memorial service at the University is also being planned. More information about these events will be forthcoming when details are certain.
The University is offering counseling services to Jamar's friends, particularly to those in the EDGE program and on the team.
By all accounts, Jamar was a great friend and a wonderful son. He was loyal, kind-hearted, and generous, and his life was filled with exceptional promise. On behalf of the campus community, we offer our deepest sympathy to his grieving family and friends.
Statement from Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann:
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jamar Johnson and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fellow students during this most difficult time. Jamar was a delightful young man who was working very hard to achieve his potential in the classroom and as a member of our football team. His personality and his enthusiasm will be greatly missed by his teammates and his fellow student-athletes. We will come together as a campus community and as a Blue Devil family to lend our support and strength to Jamar's loved ones and to support each other during this time of great sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who are impacted by Jamar's untimely passing."
Statement from Head Football Coach Jeff McInerney:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Jamar's family, friends, classmates and teammates during this extremely difficult time. Jamar was a young man with a bright future and his presence is going to be missed throughout the CCSU community. As a team we promise to honor Jamar's memory the best way we know how, and that is by working hard each and every day in the classroom and on the football field to be the best Blue Devils we can be. Jamar will always be a member of this team and University, and we will do our best to make him proud."