On Dec. 7, the Liberty University Athletics Department lost one of its own when Darius Dixon, a freshman sprinter for the track & field program, was tragically killed in a car accident.
Earlier that same week, Dixon competed in his first collegiate event for the Flames, running in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash races in the Liberty Kickoff, held in the Tolsma Indoor Track Center on Dec. 4-5.
"Our hearts are all aching over the tragic loss of this promising life. Darius was a very special young man who was part of a wonderful freshman class," commented Brant Tolsma, Liberty's head track & field/cross country coach.
"We appreciate the prayers and support of the many people who are upholding his family and our team during this difficult time. We are confident, based upon his testimony, that he is with the Lord, and that gives us comfort."
Dixon was the son of Herman and Shineka Dixon from Chesapeake, Va., and would have been 19 on New Year's Day.
Dixon graduated from Western Branch High School. He helped his team win the 2013 Virginia AAA state title and the New Balance Outdoor National 4x400 titles.
Like many of Liberty's student-athletes, Dixon took part in many of the athletics department's various community service projects, highlighted by the Thanks For Giving clothing drive. He donated 257 articles of clothing to be distributed to the needy in the local community by the Lynchburg Daily Bread.
Liberty University plans to hold a memorial service to honor Dixon once the student body returns from its Winter Break in January.
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