People who tuned in to watch the Super Bowl this past Sunday were in for a treat. The 49ers started off very weak in the first half, but thanks to a bizarre, 37-minute power outage, the team hit the field with energy and made a strong comeback. Unfortunately though, the Baltimore Ravens still took home the trophy, winning by a 3-point lead.
As if the loss of the most important game of his life wasn’t already devastating, 49ers’ tight end Delanie Walker lost two of his relatives to a drunk driving incident in Louisiana following the game. Walker’s aunt and uncle, Bryan and Alice Young, were returning home from supporting Walker at the Super Bowl when they were tragically struck by 26-year-old inebriated Nechole T. Thomas around 5:30 AM on Monday. Thomas escaped the fiery crash with minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, and reckless operation of a vehicle.
Walker took to social media to notify everyone of the tragedy: “Alice and bryan young my aunt and uncle was killed on Monday at 5 am after the super bowl by a drunk driver… We lost some good people they will be missed i love y’all so much,” he posted via Twitter. He also posted pictures of him and his aunt and uncle. The couple’s son, DeAndre Walker, miraculously decided to stay home that day to focus on his academics and track.
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