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Vikings rookie killed in tragic car accident

Horrible news.

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There is terrible news out of the NFL world today, as it was announced that Minnesota Vikings rookie Khyree Jackson was among three killed in a tragic car accident earlier this morning. 

Jackson played collegiately at Oregon, where he earned all-Pac-12 first-team selection honors. He was later drafted by the Vikings in Round 4 of the NFL Draft earlier this year. Also losing their lives in the accident were Isaiah Hazel and Anthony Lytton Jr., Jackson's former high school teammates. 

The Vikings organization released the following official statement after the news broke: 

"We are devastated by the news of Khyree Jackson's death following an overnight car accident. While we work to gather more information, we have spoken to Khyree's family and offered the support of the Minnesota Vikings. We have also communicated the news to Vikings players, coaches and staff and have offered counseling for those who need emotional support. Our thoughts are with Khyree's family, friends, teammates and coaches, as well as all the victims of this tragic accident."

The following statements were released by Vikings representatives: 

"We are deeply saddened by the news of Khyree's passing. Khyree had an extremely bright future ahead of him as a player, and it was clear he was dedicated to being a tremendous person who made a positive difference in people's lives. We are thinking about Khyree's family and friends and all members of the Minnesota Vikings following this devastating loss". –Owners Mark & Zygi Wilf

"I am absolutely crushed by this news. Khyree brought a contagious energy to our facility and our team. His confidence and engaging personality immediately drew his teammates to him. In our short time together, it was evident Khyree was going to develop into a tremendous professional football player, but what was more impressive was his desire to become the best person he could be for his family and those around him. I am at a loss for words. My heart goes out to Khyree's family, friends, teammates and coaches." – Head Coach Kevin O'Connell

"I am heartbroken by the loss of Khyree. As we got to know him throughout the pre-draft process, it was clear the goals Khyree wanted to accomplish both professionally and personally. His story was one of resilience. He was taking steps to become the best version of himself not just for him, but for those who cared about and looked up to him. Khyree's personality captured every room he was in. I'm devastated that his life and everything he had in front of him has been cut short. My thoughts are with Khyree's family and friends, those who played with and coached him in college, and his teammates and coaches here at the Vikings". – General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah