Early Monday morning, the New Jersey area was rocked by the news of two former Don Bosco Prep standout athletes being killed in a car accident. Rutgers wrestler Samuel Cali and Rhode Island kicker Leonidas Vagias were both found dead Monday.
The DBP community today mourns the loss of two alumni Leo Vagias and Sam Calli. Rest in Peace.🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/xKuW0AmLXP
— Bosco Football (@DBP_Football) June 20, 2016
A Department of Transportation worker found the two 19-year olds near their Lexus just of Interstate 287 in New Jersey. Details of the cause of the accident have not been released, but it seemed apparent that Cali and Vagias were ejected from the car.
Vagias and Cali both signed with their respective schools and graduated from Don Bosco in 2015. The former played a role on the kickoffs for the Rams while the latter redshirted in 2015 for the Scarlet Knights.
“It’s just a complete tragedy for everybody,” Don Bosco football coach Greg Toal said. “It’s a tough one. It’s just terrible. It’s just sad. Very sad.”
Both of the players’ college coaches commented on the unfortunate accident.
“Sam was a great young man who everyone on the team truly loved being around,” said Rutgers wrestling coach Scott Goodale. “He loved wrestling and being part of our Rutgers family. Anytime you lose a teammate it hurts, and this hurts really bad. We send our prayers to the families and will keep Sam a part of everything that we do.”
“Leo was a quality young man who was taken too soon,” Rhode Island head football coach Jim Fleming said. “He was a hard worker with a bright future, and he made a great impression on all of us during his time here. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
This is certainly a sad scene for everyone involved. Campus Sports would like to send their condolences to Rutgers, Rhode Island, Don Bosco Prep and the families of both young men lost in the accident.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to NJ.com