Family of Edwin Jackson releases statement, arrangements set

Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The family of Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson have released a statement following his and Jeffrey Monroe’s tragic deaths on Sunday.

It opens with, “The parents and family of Edwin Jackson would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming expressions of love, condolences, concern, and care during this sudden and tragic loss.”

The funeral and wake will take place down in Atlanta on Sunday and Monday.

Visitation will be Feb. 11 at Big Bethel AME Church at 6 p.m.

His celebration of life will be on Monday at 11 a.m. It will also be at Big Bethel AME.

On Sunday, Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe were fatally struck on I-70 by a suspected drunk driver.

Read the full statement below:

“The parents and family of Edwin Jackson would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming expressions of love, condolences, concern, and care during this sudden and tragic loss.

We were blessed to have had an amazing son who lived a life that extended respect, love, and genuine concern to everyone.  He showed compassion for his community and strived to be an example to kids who looked up to him.

We have lost a son, a brother, a nephew, and an uncle.  The Indianapolis Colts and the National Football League have lost a young and rising star – one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion.

We thank the City of Indianapolis for embracing Edwin and treating him as one of their own. We also thank Mr. Irsay and the entire Colts organization for allowing Edwin to fulfill his dream of playing the game that he worked so hard for and loved immensely.  We are also grateful for the Georgia Southern University and Westlake High School communities, who supported Edwin along his journey to success.

While we mourn the loss of an amazing young man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that his life serves as an example to young people around the world that, with a plan and hard work, dreams can come true.

As we grieve our loss, we are aware that the family of Mr. Jeffrey Monroe also grieves the loss of their loved one. We extend our deepest condolences and prayers to them during this time.

In this darkest moment, we choose to remember Edwin for the wonderful things he accomplished in his short time on earth, including the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation that he started to empower athletes and youth.

For those seeking to honor Edwin, we ask that in lieu of flowers and cards you help to keep his legacy alive by contributing to his foundation. To learn more visit www.EdwinJackson53.com.”

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