Former Warren Township football player among 3 Indiana State students killed in crash

Christian Eubanks, an 18-year-old from Waukegan, died in the crash near the ISU campus. Sycamores linebacker John Moore, 19, of Wheaton, was injured in the accident.

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Members of the Indiana State football team console one another after a vigil at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Members of the Indiana State football team console one another after a vigil at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — An 18-year-old football player from Waukegan is one of the three Indiana State students who were killed in a weekend crash, officials said Monday.

Christian Eubanks and another freshman football player were among the three students who died in the crash early Sunday.

Two other football team members who were injured were out of intensive care but remained hospitalized in serious condition, the university said in a statement.

The single-vehicle crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday when the vehicle went off a state highway and struck a tree in the small town of Riley, about 10 miles from the university’s Terre Haute campus. Vigo County Sheriff John Plasse said the vehicle was on fire when deputies arrived and that the driver and two passengers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The sheriff’s department didn’t say who was driving or release additional details about the circumstances of the crash.

Those killed were identified as Eubanks; Jayden Musili, 19, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Caleb VanHooser, 19, of Liberty Township, Ohio, in the northern Cincinnati suburbs.

Eubanks was a freshman linebacker who went to Warren Township High School, and VanHooser was a freshman defensive back who went to Lakota East. Musili was a sophomore who became an Indiana State student this year and wasn’t on the football team, the school said.

Those injured were Omarian Dixon, 20, of Lafayette, Indiana, a redshirt freshman running back; and John Moore, 19, of Wheaton, Illinois, a redshirt freshman linebacker.

University President Deborah J. Curtis called the crash a tragedy and said “the Sycamore family is mourning.”

Hundreds of students and others gathered Sunday evening outside the university’s football stadium for a vigil in honor of the crash victims.

“It is a terrible day for Indiana State football and a devastating loss for both the Eubanks and the VanHooser families,” football coach Curt Mallory said in a statement. “Both young men were quality individuals who were loved and respected by their teammates and this staff. To say they will be missed is an understatement.”

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