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Responses from Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Stacie Harris F.S.U. Cheerleader
Devaughn, although I have never met you, I feel I’ve known you a life time. Watching the poise you exhibited on and off the field, it is evident we have all suffered a great loss. My prayers and thoughts are with your family, teammates, and friends.

Tallahassee, FL
To the Darling family, I am deeply saddened by your loss and my prayers are with you. My 17 year old brother died two years ago and I know the pain you are feeling is almost unbearable. Time will ease the hurting and the pain, just know that Devaughn will always be with you in spirit and your heart. He truly has gone to a better place. God Bless.

JB Glendale, California
Please accept the thoughts and prayers of a Trojan fan. I hope the Darling family can find some comfort in the memories of this young man.

God Bless You

Teri Mobley Knoxville, TN
My prayers go out to the Darling Family during there time of sympathy. I pray that God will strengthen the family and give them peace knowing that Devaughn is in the best place he can be, heaven.
May God be with you all.

Jesse Martinez, Houston Tx
devaghn, devard and me went to half of middle school together and went to high school together. we ran track together and saw our team consisting the 4×100 relay team go to state with devaghn and devard both in it. they are my boys and will always be my boys forever. i cried for my boy devaghn and im sorry he is gone. god works in mysterious ways and only he knows why he chose to take my freind. devaghn i love you as a great freind. you and devard, and until the day we meet again, in my heart is where i keep you my freind.

Love always and forever your freind,

Jesse “Latino Lightning” Martinez

Don Bakos, Mission Viejo, California
I am so sorry to hear about Devaughn’s passing. When such young, blossoming people pass away, nothing seems to describe a why such a thing should happen.

At this time, I hope that you find more than fans of college football, but rather fans of love and humanity.

To me, there is always only one answer, young or old. God has his plan. In our world “death is for the living”. In God’s realm everything is for eternity. May Devaughn’s spirit find that eternal glory.

I pray that Devaughn’s family and friends find God near them…where he always has been and always will be.

I will pray for you all and for Devaughn.

Nathan Sweeting – Nassau, Bahamas
Devard, I know you are feeling this more than anyone else in this whole world right now, but don’t give up. I know that deep down you know this was all apart of God’s plan. Never question God, instead, trust Him and know that He will never lead you astray. God loves you, always remember that and keep your faith in Him – don’t ever loose it no matter what. Everything will work out for the better as God always makes sure of for all of His children. Try to look at the bright side..Devaughn is sitting next to our Father at this very moment looking, wathcing, and protecting you as you continue to fullfill his dream as well as your own.
I am very sadened and torn apart by this, and right now all I can think about is the memories that I have of you and Devaughn back when you lived in Nassau and attended NCA.
I think I speak for the entire NCA family here in Nassau when I say, WE LOVE BOTH OF YOU and all of us are heartbroken and shocked because this came so sudden. Devaughn was abviously going to make it very far and it burdens my heart to see him being taken away at such a young age.
This experience opened up my eyes and made me realise how precious life is and we must take full advantage of it, just as Devaughn did. I loved Devaughn as a friend, cousin and a classmate, but most impotantly, I love him as a brother.
I could never foregt Devaughn and although I haven’t seen him in almost seven years, the memories I have in my mind and especially in my heart for him will live for ever, and will be a constant reminder of how special he was and will always be.
I have been praying as I mourn this huge tragedy and will continue to pray for you Devard, as well as Stacy, Denis Jr. and Sr. and Wendy.
If this is tearing me up so much inside, I know it is hurting you (Devard and Family) even more, but remember to seek comfort in God and NEVER LOOSE YOUR FAITH!!

Nathan Sweeting
Class of 1994

SANDRA SWEAT TALLAHASSE, FL.
MR. AND MRS. DARLING,
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE SHOCK AND DE-
VASTATION YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MUST FEEL.
I HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO.
THE FOOTBALL FAMILY AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY IS SPECIAL IN MANY WAYS AND HAS MUCH TO BE PROUD OF… WHAT IS MOST
IMPRESSIVE TO ME IS HOW MUCH THE COACHING STAFF LOVES GOD AND TRIES TO SERVE HIM THROUGH THEIR WORK WITH YOUNG
MEN.I KNOW THE COACHES LOVED YOUR SON AS
WELL AS HIS TEAMMATES. I HAVE READ THAT
DEVAUGHN WAS A CHRISTIAN. YOUR SON HAS JOINED THE FINEST TEAM EVER. GOD IS TAKING GOOD CARE OF HIM. HE WAS SO YOUNG AND I ASK WHY AS I’M SURE YOU HAVE DONE …WELL, I GUESS ALL WE CAN DO IS JUST TRUST, JUST TRUST. I PRAY THAT IN THE DAYS TO FOLLOW YOUR PAIN WILL EASE SOMEWHAT AND YOUR MEMORIES WILL HELP TO LIFT YOU.
WITH HEARTFELT SYMPATHY,
SANDRA SWEAT

Erin (Tallahassee, FL)
No words can bring Devaughn back to you. I know you will miss him very much. I’ll be praying for you!! I’ll miss seeing him play this season!

Kenya Allen (Va Beach, VA)
My sincere condolences to the Darling Family. May God help you find strength and understanding in the midst of your lost. My prayers are with you.

Kenya Allen
Lafayette College (Easton, PA)

Yesenia Ochoa Tallahassee,Fl
This has been a loss that FSU will feel forever, we have loss a great friend, man and brother. Devaughn will always be in my prayers and I want to bless his family. and to his twin brother your other half will always be with you he came into the world with you and he’ll leave with you. Devaughn is an angel that will protect everybody he loves!!

Debbie, Tallahassee, FL
I know that there are not words in our language that can take this tragedy away, or ease the pain you must be feeling.
I hope that you can at least find some comfort in knowing that my prayers and thoughts are with you, and that even though I do not know you or your sons, that I feel a sense of loss, too.
In my own experience with the death of loved ones, it helped to me through my grief to remember how blessed I was by their presence, and the happy memories I have are very dear to me.
I wish for you a comfort from that, too.

Sincerely,
A student and fan

Orlando, Fla
To the Darling’s and FSU Football Family our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time of loss. May you feel the peace and comfort of God. You have an awesome spiritual anointing on this team that is very evident and such a blessing. The Lord tells us to draw unto Him and He will draw unto us. Charles and Jean may God use you in a mighty way to minister to your team mates. Our hearts go out to you.

Love,
Henry, Deirdre, Nathan & Melanie Gilmore

Jacob Combo Sugar Land, Texas
Devaughn, you will be greatly missed. Your work ethic and determination turned you into a hero for all to look up to. Devard, stay strong and continue to be the great person that you are. You and your family are in my prayers.

Jacob Combo

Sam (Asheville, NC)
I have been a longtime Seminoles fan and am shocked by the death of Devaughn Darling. To think that someone would die and such a wonderful sport is somewhat suprising. He must have been giving 110% to the Seminoles. I respect Devaughn greatly for this. Sympathy goes out to all of the many people who knew Devaughn, especially his family.

Tony Randall (Nassau, Bahamas)
Growing up in Nassau-East is filled with memories of Devaughn.
He, his brother Devard, a few other firends, and I all spent the
greater part of everday after school together. We were all very
close and will all miss him deeply.
I would also like to say to the family — to Mr. and Mrs. Darling,
Devard, Stacy, Dennis, and Monique — that our prayers reach out
to you during this time, and that we all feel your loss. Devaughn’s
memory will forever remain etched on our hearts.

Richard Curry Nassau Bahamas
Though I havent seen you in 5 years I still will keep you in my heart because memories last forever, and you were a great friend in which I created many memories, like that scar over his right eye which I gave him playing baseball in his back yard and we were tight. I will truly miss you. I send my condolences to his mother, father, twin brother Devard who I hope you are coping and hope God comforts and protects over you. His older brother Dennis may God comfort and protect you also. To Stacey may God lay his arms of comfort and protection over you. To the rest of the Darling family may God comfort yall also and protect each one of yall individually. It is sad to see such a rising star just fall out of the sky.
REMEMBER THAT WE WOULD ALL MISS YOU AND MAY GOD HAVE HIM IN HIS ARMS.
I WILL MISS YOU
RICHIE
“Kool-Aid Boy”

Bill and Lois Koons., Tallahasee, Fl
WE would like to express our deepest
sympathy to the Darling Family on their
tragic loss.

We pray that your fond memories of this
wonderful young man will sustain you
and give your strength and comfort in
these most difficult times.

This young man will not be forgotten but
will live in the hearts of all the
Seminole Fans.

God bless you and give you comfort and
peace.

Pat Taylor, Clearwater, Fl
There is nothing I or anyone can say that can releive the terrible feeling of loss that is being endured by his family. I recall a poem Coach Bowden recited at a banquet of the Seminole Boosters called “God’s Hall of Fame”.

Certainly he found his name in “God’s Hall of Fame”

May he now rest in peace.

Melborune,Florida
I hope FSU Football will be unfeaded teamby next year. Can You give fsu football player asign make them better player in acc.

Sylvia and Ashley Costin Port St. Joe, Fl.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Devaughn Darling, his friends , teammates, coaches and yes, our entire Florida State family.May the Lord bless and uphold his parents in a special way. I have heard there is no greater loss than that of a child. To his twin brother…only you can possibly understand such a void. Having taught school for 40 years, I uderstand well the bond between teacher and student. WHAT A YOUNG MAN! One who wouldn’t quit…no matter what. He will be greatly missed both on the field and off. We pray that our Lord can soon heal the pain of so great a loss.

Melissa De La Rosa, Athens, Ohio
As a classmate and fellow athlete of Devaughn’s, I will miss him very much. The world just lost a terrific and loving person. He was loved by all who knew him and we will cherish his memory forever. My prayers are with his family and friends. Try and be strong Devard. It’s what Devaughn would want. God bless…
Melie

Willie Barnes Sugar Land, Tx
Devaugn we miss you, everyone at AHS will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers forever. Even though we met for only brief moments you have impacted my life, in ways only few others ever have. You will always be a Bulldog and an inspiration to all that have known you.

Jenny Christensen Austin, TX
Devard,
None of us can even for one moment imagine what you are feeling right now, but I want you to know that all of our prayers are with you, Devaughn’s soul, and your loved ones. God bless to you and your family, and please, take comfort in knowing that now your best friend is sitting so near our Father that he can whisper your prayers right into His Heavenly ear. Remember how our awesome Lord blessed you with such a wonderful person, even if for a short while, and that now, that wonderful person watches over his brother everyday. We all know he is watching so closely over you Devard, as well as your family, and his closest friends. You now have one more person pulling for you from the greatest team of all. One more beautiful soul praying for you day in and day out. My most humble prayers and all my love are with you and yours right now. Take care of yourself. Take time to grieve. Take time to remember that he is still with you. XO
Love,
Jenny

Deborah Gaddy ,Perry, Florida
To the family and friends i would like to let you know that you have my deepest sympathy, and you will be in my prayers and my the lord give you the strenghth to help you come through your tragedy. May god bless you all.

Anthony Easter, Jr. (Saint Louis, MO)
I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the Darling family, especially his brother. I know what it feels like to lose a brother myself. The best thing is to remember the wonderful life he led and do your best to honor his memory by being a positive person, graduate with your degree, and the best athlete FSU has seen. As a fanatical follower of FSU football, it was a shock and it felt like I had lost a family member. I wish my football family gets well, dedicates this season to Mr. Darling, and play harder than they ever have before.

Lisa Waddell, Houston, TX
To the Darling Family,

Words seem inadequate at this time of your loss. When I looked up and saw Devaughn’s picture on the news, I just knew he’d attained some great accomplishment in football at Florida State. I am still in shock as I sit and write this.

I was Devaghn’s and Devard’s ninth grade English teacher at Austin High School. I still remember when they first stepped foot into my class. Just when I was able to tell them apart, they moved Devard to my fifth period class. What a joy it was to have the twins in my class. They were respectful young men all of the years at Austin High School. God blessed them with tremendous talent, and I loved seeing them play.

Since I no longer teach at Austin High School, I like to go there periodically and spend the day with friends. The last time I went was last May. When the bell rang, I looked down the hall and saw Devaughn and Devard walking together, talking. How refreshing it was to see these young men together, smiling and having a good conversation. I was greeted by those same smiles at their graduation in June. I am so glad that I have pictures to remember that occasion.

Devard, my prayers are with you. Believe that God is able to bring you through all things, even this. I can’t even imagine what you are going through, but know that you are loved.

Stacy and the rest of the family, look to the hills from whence cometh your help. Draw strength from the power that is ever-present. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.

God bless,
Lisa Waddell

Jonathan Sedberry Monrovia, California
TO THE PARENTS OF DEVAUGHN DARLING:
Devaughn was something special. I remember against Clemson when he helped the Noles get their victory over Clemson and that spectacular game he had. It is sad to see him go, but I think he would want everyone just to live on and his brother carry out his name. I am positive Devard will get drafted to the NFL and fulfill the dream of his brother. All my thoughts go out to you guys and to tghe friends of Devaughn Darling. Once again, I’m sorry about Devaughn, but if he died he must of died for a reason and God will give you guys that reason I’m sure of it. IN LOVING MEMORY OF DEVAUGHN DARLING; A football player with much skill. Don’t forget Jonathan Sedberry AGE:13

Kelley Kimball, Lakeland, FL
There are no words with which to comfort your Mom & Dad and your brother, but believe in this… GOD has called you, DeVaughn to a higher duty and you are now amoung angels! to your family and friends I will says this…

The sunlight and the wind are now your playing field, and the plays that would have been… are now made up of amoung the rainbows! KNOW THIS – DeVaughn has not left us, he just plays before a larger group of fans. GOD has blessed you DeVaughn, and may HIS hands be carrying your family as they are grieving.

SHIRNAE SWEETING, Nassau, Bahamas
DEVAUGHN………A COUSIN I’VE LONG KNOWN,BUT HAVE NOT RECENTLY SPOKEN TO.

TO HIS MOTHER, FATHER, SISTER AND BROTHERS-ESPECIALLY DEVARD….I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOUR FAMILY IN NASSAU KNOWS, UNDERSTANDS AND FEELS YOUR PAIN.I REMEMBER WHEN DEVAUGHN AND DEVARD ATTENDED NCA IN THEIR ELEMENTARY YEARS IN NASSAU.THEY WERE ALWAYS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND AT THE TOP OF THEIR CLASS.

FROM YOUR FAMILY IN NASSAU:SHIRLEY
NATHAN JR.
SHIRNAE
SABRINA
NICHOLAS
I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS:
“PARDONING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW”
WITH THE RIGHT CHOICE, DEVAUGHN IS RIGHT NOW LOOKING DOWN ON US AND WE ‘WILL’RECEIVE HIS COMFORT AND STRENGTH!
“GOD BLESS YOU DEVAUGHN”!!!!!!!!!
“WE LOVE YOU”

Katrina Jackson (South Carolina)
My prayers are with the family. There is no need to worry because he is in a better place. I didn’t know him personally, but the news touched my heart like I did. May God be with the family and remeber God knows what is best.

Carla and John Natoli
To the Darling family, although this e-mail seems impersonal, we just wanted you to know that we are thinking about you. The FSU football family seems like they have gathered around to help at this sad time. Take care, and always know he will never be forgotten.
Truly yours,
Carla and John Natoli

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