Bill Text: VA SJR412 | 2023 | Regular Session | Enrolled

Bill Title: Celebrating the life of Lavel Tyler Davis, Jr.

Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill

Status: (Passed) 2023-02-25 - Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ412ER) [SJR412 Detail]

Download: Virginia-2023-SJR412-Enrolled.html

Celebrating the life of Lavel Tyler Davis, Jr.


Agreed to by the Senate, February 23, 2023
Agreed to by the House of Delegates, February 24, 2023


WHEREAS, Lavel Tyler Davis, Jr., a beloved son, brother, and friend and a highly admired member of the University of Virginia community, died on November 13, 2022; and

WHEREAS, Tyler Davis grew up in Ridgeville, South Carolina and graduated from Woodland High School, where he was a standout member of the football, soccer, basketball, and track teams; and

WHEREAS, Tyler Davis was recruited to play as a wide receiver for the University of Virginia Cavaliers and had an exceptional season as a freshman in 2020; he caught 20 passes for 515 yards and five touchdowns, and he was ranked second in the nation in yards per reception with 25.8; and

WHEREAS, injured during the 2021 season, Tyler Davis returned to the football field in 2022 as a member of the Come Back Player of the Year watch list and had recorded 16 catches for 372 yards and two touchdowns; and

WHEREAS, Tyler Davis was wise beyond his years and inspired others through his compassion, kindness, humility, and commitment to excellence on and off the football field; and

WHEREAS, Tyler Davis hoped to pursue a career in professional football, and the University of Virginia posthumously conferred on him a bachelor's degree in African American and African Studies; and

WHEREAS, Tyler Davis strove to enhance community life on campus and throughout the Charlottesville area as a member of the Groundskeepers, an outreach group that focused on addressing racial and social justice by building unity and mutual respect; and

WHEREAS, in the course of his service with the Groundskeepers, Tyler Davis helped produce a training video for incoming students and local law-enforcement officers, which remains in use; and

WHEREAS, Tyler Davis will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his parents, Thaddeus and Fallom; his sister, Taniya; his brother, Teigan; and numerous other family members, friends, and teammates; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly hereby note with great sadness the loss of Lavel Tyler Davis, Jr.; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Lavel Tyler Davis, Jr., as an expression of the General Assembly's respect for his memory.