HONOLULU — Brigham Youthful College offensive lineman Sione Veikoso was killed in a construction incident in his hometown in Hawaii, family members stated.
Veikoso, 22, died Friday after a retaining wall he was assisting mend all through getaway crack from university collapsed, his family confirmed. The Honolulu Hearth Division noted that 3 some others were hurt when the 15-foot (4.5-meter) rock wall partially fell behind a property in Kailua, which is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of Honolulu.
“He was a gentle large who loved his loved ones. He was responsible and caring,” Veikoso’s cousin Joshua Kava explained in a composed statement to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The 6-foot-7 (2-meter), 305-pound (138-kilogram) lineman had accomplished his initial season at BYU, where by he transferred following one particular 12 months at Arizona Point out, while retaining four decades of eligibility.
Firefighters arrived at the dwelling just in advance of noon Friday to obtain the collapsed wall and bystanders employing a little excavator to eliminate rocks trapping the gentlemen. Rescuers named them off mainly because of the wall’s instability and manually taken off rocks to no cost two of the adult men in about 15 minutes. But Veikoso was trapped further. He was taken off at about 12:30 p.m. and was pronounced useless at the scene at 1:35 p.m.
The property owner informed authorities she was possessing the stone wall repaired. A whole of 6 persons were being at the scene. 1 man escaped the rubble ahead of firefighters arrived but refused treatment and two were uninjured.
“Rest in Enjoy Sione. God be with you until we satisfy once more,” BYU football stated in a tweet.
Soon after higher faculty, Veikoso used two decades as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manaus, Brazil, right before enrolling in higher education.