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Responses from Tuesday, February 27, 2001


Dameeka Ferguson – Nassau, Bahamas, Currently Lincoln Univ, PA
First, I would like to take this opportunity to extend deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Devaughn as well as any other who had the priviledge of coming in contact with him. I am still shocked and saddened by the loss of this great athlete and even better friend.
I remember Devaughn from primary school; he was always the one to cheer you up and was guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Devaughn was one of my closest friends in primary school, and I remember all the track meets I got to share with him and Devard. Even if I wanted to, I could not think of a single negative thing I remember about Devaughn.
This came as a great shock to me because just last month I e-mailed both Devaughn and Devard at their school email addresses in an attempt to get in contact with them, and no later than this Friday afternoon I spoke of all the great times I remembered having with them, and how I felt so bad missing their goodbye call. But despite the fact that I did not talk to them personally in a while, I always asked their older brother about them.
However I implore all of you to, instead of letting grief get the better part of you, find comfort in the memories that Devaughn left behind. Personally, I thank God for blessing us all with Devaughn. This serves as a reminder to us all that we should never take friends and family for granted, and should never hesitate to tell them we love them, because we never know when they will be taken from us, as tomorrow is promised to no man.
Devard I want you to remember that you have always been in my thoughts and prayers, and will continue to be.
Dameeka Ferguson (N.C.A.)

Christina Beasley
Just wanted the family to know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family in your time of need. This is such a loss of life. Remember that God
has a plan for everone!

Christina Beasley
Millry, Al

Former Ft Bend Austin Bulldogs
You were the best. This will leave a big whole in our hearts. God needs you with him to play on the greatest team of all. Thank you for touching our lives. Our prayers are with you Davard, your sister, mom and dad.

Paul Kilgus, Pennsauken, NJ
May HIS peace fill the hearts of all those who mourn this great loss.

JAVIAN THORNTON IOWA
I KNOW ITS A DIFFICULT TIME FOR EVERYONE WHO KNEW DEVAUGHN DARLING. I HAD SOME GOOD TIMES WITH HE AND HIS BROTHER . HE WOULD BE REMEMEBERED NOT ONLY AS A GOOD FOOTBALL PLAYER BUT AS A QUALITY HUMAN BEING. MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY. STAY STONG IN YOUR FAITH DEVARD! HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED. WE LOVE YOU DEVAUGHN!

LaNovia Adderley – Nassau, Bahamas
“Let God handle all things”
I am one of Devaughn’s primary school friends from N.C.A (In the Bahamas)and it hurts me very deeply to know that he is gone. The news came as a shock to me and will remain as one. But I will always remember the friendship that people can have and keep even as little people. My prayers go out to his family especially his twin Devard and to his friends. I will keep u all in my prayers. May God continue to keep u in his arms.

Orlando, FL
Devaughn, we consider ourselves lucky to have known you. You’re strong spirit will continue to live on. You are an important member of this FSU family and we will always honor your memory and contributions to the community.

JAVIAN THORNTON
IKNOW ITS A DIFFICULT TIME FOR EVERYONE WHO KNEW DEVAUGHN DARLING. I HAD SOME GOOD TIMES WITH HE AND HIS BROTHER . HE WOULD BE REMEMEBERED NOT ONLY AS A GOOD FOOTBALL PLAYER BUT AS A QUALITY HUMAN BEING. HE WILL BE DEARLY MISSED. WE LOVE YOU DEVAUGHN!

T. Hughes — Dallas, Texas
To the Darling Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers during your time of sadness. I can not imagine how you are feeling at this time, however, I do know that losing a love one is devastating. Please know that your son is resting in the palms of a mighty God and that he is in control at all times. My prayer is that you will find peace in knowing that you are not alone at this time. May God put His loving arms around your entire family and bring you peace and comfort you need to endure this time of sadness. God giveth and He taketh away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

Sincerely,
The Hughes Family
Dallas, Texas

Stephen A. Dervan
I hardly believe what has happened, but as a Christian I know that God will never give you more than you can handle. I want to encourge the players, and staff to dedicate this year to the memory of Devaughn.
1 Chronicles 4:9-10

The Roberts Family – Tallahassee
God bless you Devaughn, and God bless the Darling family. May God shine his face upon you.

St. Petersburg, FL
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Darling family, the team and the FSU community. Darling was a true warrior and we must gain strenght knowing that he is in a better place.

Josh U.S.A.
Devaughn and family,
I am thankful that I got to see you and your brother play on the same field together. I know Devard will carry on your name with pride. You were a great young man, and the lord took you too early. However, you will never be forgotten and always in our prayers.

Gabe (Raleigh, NC)
Everyone who’s heart Devaughn touched is a better person for it. I am certain that this enrichment will live on in his family, teammates, and friends. To Devard, who empitemizes all three, know that your brother will be right there at your side forever, picking you up when you are down and smiling proudly when you acomplish those goals you both set out to achieve.
God bless.

Minister M Hudson
Father in the name of Jesus the CHRIST the son of the Living God. Thank you for you provision we declare joy and peace of mind into the souls of Mr. Devarghn’s Family & Friends in Jesus name. AMEN! I pray that this Prayer touch and win the precious souls of his family and friends into your kingdom. In Jesus mighty name. AMEN! If you are now saved and you would liked to be saved, Repeat this; Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God had raised him from the dead You shall be saved. That is believing his death, burial, and resurrection not incarnation. When he rosed, he said we must worship him in the Spirit and Truth. After his resurrection all power was given unto him in heaven and earth.
According to Matt.28:18; Incarnation simular but the Anti-Christ is the only man is given power to reincarnate. But Christ Resurrection is when Christ rose in the Sprit while the mortal body was put to death. If you believe what you’ve just read, Repeat this. Thank you for your salvation now I have long life in earth as it is in heaven Matt 6:10. AMEN! I am Saved.

Bill Ociepka, Dyer Indiana
I got the chance to see him play twice this past year and he signed an autographed a shirt for me and was a great guy. WE MISS YOU DEVAUGHN!

Judy Nunez, FSU School of Theatre,Tallahassee, FL
We don’t always understand God’s master plan,and times like these
should make us all stop and take a good, hard look at ourselves and
what we classify as “important” and “not important.” I just want to
tell the family of Devaughn that their son was one of the most
pleasant students I have had the pleasure of seeing in our Theatre
building when he would come to class. He always had such a big
smile, and would always make a point to say “hi.” I will remember
Devaughn always for that. I wanted you to know-because…..that’s
important.

I would also like Devard to know that my family
and I will include him in our prayers everyday. As part of the
campus family, I hope my smile will brighten someone’s day the
way Devaughn’s did mine. Devard, my door is open to you anytime.

Ralph Jones (New York, NY)
I would like to send my condolences to the Darling family. I know the lost
is hard, but Devaughn is still with you. You have to always remember that.
God Bless.

Amy, New Jersey
All Seminole hearts broke at the tragic loss of Devaughn Darling. Don’t ever think we care more about football than our student athletes who play football. Those of us who only knew Devaughn as #53 can only imagine the pain of those who lost a son, a brother, a friend. Please know that Seminoles everywhere are thinking of you in your time of need.

Lansing, Mi
Our family shares your sorrow and we mourn with you, may God bless and keep the Darling family, Coach Bowden, Staff, Football players, and the entire FSU student body.

Marleni Young, Tallahassee FL
I hope that this loss can somehow be understood by the family and friends that remain. I pray that you will look to God for his guidance and understanding in this time and let Him show you how to grieve for the loss. If there is anything I can do, or the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministries), please let us know. We want you all to know that this will be a rough road to take and we want to be of help. We will keep your family in our prayers and our hearts. Devaughn will always be remembered for the pure fact he was a Seminole, and that membership will never die. Again, if there is ANYTHING that we could help with just let us know. (222-2605 Dir. Mark Robinson)
God Bless

Minister M Hudson
Father in the name of Jesus the CHRIST the son of the Living God. Thank you for you provision we declare joy and peace of mind into the souls of Mr. Devarghn’s family in Jesus name. AMEN!
I pray that this Prayer touch and win the precious souls of his family and friends into your kingdom. In Jesus mighty name. AMEN! If you are now saved
and you world liked to be saved Repeat this; Romans 10:

Eric Puczkowski
This is a sad day in Seminole land god bless devaughn darlings family and i have my prayers with them! he will be a seminole 4ever!

SDS Houston,TX
I hear his name all over the news in houston and i want to say he was the best linbacker in the year 2000 and his brother was a good wr too so god bless his family and friends who knew him.

Michael Thomas – Atlanta, Georgia
I have been very close to the football program since 1981 and remember when we lost two others including Pablo Lopez when I was still in school. This is even harder to deal with because of the fact that DeVaughn was a special player to our program because he came in with his brother and was going to play 4 years at FSU side by side with him. Very little words can comfort his family at this time, and I can only hope that he will be part of the team next season. God Bless his Parents and his brother who I hope can continue on and always have a part of his brother with him during his time at FSU. I hope that you will honor him in the some of the same ways such as Bo Kimble honored Hank Gathers at LMU. He will always be a part of the Seminole family and our thoughts and prayers will be with all of his family and friends.

Minister M. Hudson Dallas, TX
If you are not in Christ Jesus, you never know when you are leaving this earth. That why it is good know that you are saved and apply the WORD of God to your life. This brother was young. This was not his time to leave.
The world said you never know your number or God called him home. But I am here to let you know that, that is false accusation and very controdictive to the WORD of God. (According to:)
Psalm 91:15-16 HE SHALL CALL UPON ME, AND I WILL ANSWER HIM: I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE; I WILL DELIVER HIM, AND HONOUR HIM. WITH (LONG LIFE) I WILL SATIFY HIM, AND SHEW HIM MY SALVATION.

Les and Jennifer McFatter; Tallahassee, Florida
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Darling family during this tragic time. Words cannot express the sadness we feel in our hearts for the loss of such a dynamic young athlete, student and man.

Panama City, Florida
The only solace that we can find through a tragedy like this is that
God needed a linebacker on his team in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Darling family and also the FSU coaches and players.
God bless and comfort you.

BUDDY RATCLIFFE PULASKI,VIRGINIA
MAY GOD BE WITH THE DARLING FAMILY,COACH BOWDEN AND THE TEAM
GOD WILL FIND A WAY TO EASE YOUR PAIN AS TIME GOES ON.REMEMBER DEVAUGHN AND HOW HE AFFECTED YOUR LIVES. MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL!!!HE IS ALREADY GREATLY MISSED!

Tonya Gainesville, Florida
As an FSU alum, my condolences to the family, team and coaching staff.

Eric and Yolanda Hankerson, Starke, FL
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this triumphant time. Words will never express our heartfelt loss. Eric and I hope you find comfort in these short words always remember that “because God lives, you CAN face tomorrow!” Hallelujah! To God Be All The Glory! Even In This Situation, He’s Still Worthy!!

Thad Brooks (Boaz, Alabama)
May God look over this family and the Seminole team and coaching staff and may He comfort them with his love as he prepares a place in Heaven for this young man. May God place his hand on their heavy hearts and lift them up and help them to carry on and be strong in him and to keep the memory of this young man alive and well in each of their minds and hearts. We ask you Lord to bless this family and team and comfort them in this time of grief, for in Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Lindsay Strode, Houston, Tx
Though I didn’t know Devaughn very well, I did know that he was a wonderful person and had a kind heart. My prayers go out to the Darling family and esp. to Devard. My sister always told me how close you two were and though it may be rough, Devaughn is watching over you from above. He will be your gardian angel until the two of you can meet again. My prayers go out to the Darling family. This is truly a tragedy and Devaughn will forever be in the hearts of everyone he touched. God Bless his mother and father and all his siblings.

Anthony C. Jackson Tallahassee, Florida
To the FSU Athletic Dept. stay strong in the Lord. He will be the comforter in the time of sorrow. To the Darling family look to God for added strength in the time of sadness. He will provide everything you need.
God Bless,
Anthony Jackson, Mentor

Max Howell- Jacksonville, Fl.
God’s speed #53. May your spirit rest in the hearts of your teammates. May you rest in the eternal loving peace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May Devard and the rest of your family be comforted in knowing that you are resting in a better place.

Brien (Raleigh, NC)
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Darling family, friends, and teammates. Devaughn, you will be greatly missed and will always be a member of the Seminole family.

BRENT CALVERT – HODGES, S.C.
THE DARLING FAMILY WILL BE ADDED TO OUR PRAYER LIST.

Denise (Charlotte, NC)
This is to the family members and close friends of Devaughn Darling.This saddens my heart to hear, things like this happening to someone that had so much going for their self. But your love one will always and forever be in my family prayers, and I know that he is in heaven in Gods hands.

God bless

Dan Ft. Lauderdale, FL
God needed a great person and took him. I did not even know him, but being an alumnus I am in mourning. Good luck to you all.

Billy and Dede Hill (Starke, FL)
Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Darling family. Just know that he is in a better place. Devard, play on in memory of your brother. He may not be on the field with you in body, but his spirit will always be there with you. May God and your FSU family give you the strength that you need to get through this.

May God bless and keep you.
Billy and Dede Hill

Dennis Hart – Gaithersburg, MD
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone at FSU and especially the Darling family. Devaughn will truly be missed but not forgotten. May #53 be our 12th man and guide us through the coming years. My prayers are with. God bless.

Gwen Richards, Quincy, Florida
I would like to say how very sorry I am to hear about Devaughn. As a Seminole fan we have lost a member of our family. He will be miss. As the football season comes up this fall I hope the whole FSU family and devoted fans will give the season to Devaughn in remembrance of him. To his brother and family I wish them well and hope that his twin brother can go on with his life, and remember that we all care and LOVE you.
Your Seminole Family,
Gwen Richards

Doreatha Nelson, Atlanta, Ga.
First,I’d like to give thanks to our almighty God from whom all come from.
I am the mother of a current FSU Football Player and my heart felt sympathy goes out to the entire Darling family, may the Lord comfort you always. Stay strong in your faith and you’ll survive this terrible tragedy.

Front Royal, VA
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Darling family.

Doris Hansen Naples Fla
My prayers and thoughts are with the family and the FSU football squad. Devaughn may you rest in peace. We will miss you greatly.

Steve Johnson Baltimore, MD
I would like to express my condolences to the Darling family and the entire FSU family. I have been a Seminoles fan for past 15 years and I am shocked about this tragedy and I know in my heart that the Lord needed another linebacker in heaven to help fill out his team. That is why he chose to bring DeVaughn home.

Mike P– FSU student
I just want to express my condolences to the family of Devaughn Darling. I would like to thank him for all the memories he has left us and hope that in light of this tragedy, we will find a way to move on and gain strength from this loss. Its what I feel he would have wanted. Florida State will miss him deeply.

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