FIU community mourns former football player killed in crash

WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - The Florida International University community is mourning the loss of student and former football player Emmanuel Lubin.

School officials confirmed Lubin, a former starting cornerback for the Golden Panthers in 2018 and 2016, was killed in a car wreck in Northwest Miami-Dade, at around 4 a.m., Sunday.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 22-year-old lost control of his Toyota sedan along the Florida Turnpike, near Northwest 74th Street, causing him to hit a guardrail and a metal pole holding a sign.

Officials said Lubin was not wearing a seat belt.

The university tweeted a picture in honor of the 22-year-old, saying, “We love you and we miss you.”

Lubin, a senior at FIU and a North Miami Beach native, was pursuing a degree in liberal studies while aspiring to play football professionally.

Former teammates, coaches and friends also shared emotional messages on social media. Butch Davis, the Panthers’ head coach, issued a statement that read in part, “Our football program is mourning his loss, and we will honor Emmanuel every day moving forward. Our hearts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

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