BYU football player Sione Veikoso died in a terrible accident at a construction site in Hawaii. He was 22.
People say that Veikoso was at his home in Kailua when the accident happened on Friday.
According to the Honolulu Fire Department, six men were at the site when a 15-foot retaining rock wall behind a house fell and trapped three of them.
After emergency workers cleared the rubble, Veikoso was said to be dead on the spot. Two other trapped men were taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition, while a third injured man refused to go to the hospital.
Nexstar’s KHON said that the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) didn’t know what was going on at the wall or if any work was being done on it when the accident happened.
KHON said that a construction company had been at the scene. The acting fire chief of the HFD also said that rescue teams would have to clear away “heavy blue gravel and a lot of red dirt.”
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The offensive lineman, 22 and 6’7″ and 305 pounds, played in one game as a redshirt freshman last year after transferring from Arizona State over the summer.
He went to Kailua High School in Hawaii to prepare for his mission. From 2018 to 2020, he worked full-time for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manaus, Brazil.
After talking to Sione’s family, BYU head coach Kalani Sitake shared his condolences on Twitter on Friday night:
“We are unfortunate to hear that one of our brothers, Sione Veikoso, died terribly. We are all very sad about his death. We feel sad for his family and send them our deepest condolences and prayers. We will always love you, Sione!”
The football team at BYU also put out a statement:
“On behalf of everyone in the BYU Football family, we are thinking of and praying for Sione’s family and friends during this tough time. Sione, rest in love. God bless you until we see each other again.”