HONOLULU — Brigham Younger College offensive lineman Sione Veikoso was killed in a development accident in his hometown in Hawaii, relations mentioned.
Veikoso, 22, died Friday after a retaining wall he was serving to restore throughout vacation break from faculty collapsed, his household confirmed. The Honolulu Fireplace Division reported that three others had been injured when the 15-foot (4.5-meter) rock wall partially fell behind a house in Kailua, which is about 12 miles (19 kilometers) northeast of Honolulu.
“He was a delicate large who liked his household. He was dependable and caring,” Veikoso’s cousin Joshua Kava mentioned in a written assertion to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
The 6-foot-7 (2-meter), 305-pound (138-kilogram) lineman had accomplished his first season at BYU, the place he transferred after one yr at Arizona State, whereas retaining 4 years of eligibility.
Firefighters arrived on the residence simply earlier than midday Friday to seek out the collapsed wall and bystanders utilizing a small excavator to take away rocks trapping the boys. Rescuers referred to as them off due to the wall’s instability and manually eliminated rocks to free two of the boys in about quarter-hour. However Veikoso was trapped deeper. He was eliminated at about 12:30 p.m. and was pronounced useless on the scene at 1:35 p.m.
The house owner instructed authorities she was having the stone wall repaired. A complete of six folks had been on the scene. One man escaped the rubble earlier than firefighters arrived however refused therapy and two had been unhurt.
“Relaxation in Love Sione. God be with you until we meet once more,” BYU soccer mentioned in a tweet.
After highschool, Veikoso spent two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manaus, Brazil, earlier than enrolling in faculty.