SANTA CLARA -- Alice and Bryan Young, an aunt and uncle of 49ers tight end Delanie Walker, were killed by an alleged drunk driver after attending Sunday's Super Bowl in New Orleans.
"I'm going to miss y'all but i know they are in a better place," Walker wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday morning. Walker attached a picture he took with aunt and uncle during the 49ers' practice Saturday at the Superdome.
The Young's car was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 10 in St. Charles Parish when it was struck at 5:30 a.m. Monday by Nechole Thomas, 26, of Houston, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Thomas, who escaped her car before both vehicles burst int o flames, was arrested on two counts of vehicular
Walker's cousin, DeAndre Williams, declined an invitation to attend the game and recalled his mother and step-father as "great people," according to the High Desert Daily Press. Williams is a star football player at Serrano High in the Southern California town of Phelan.
Several of Walker's 49ers teammates posted condolences on Twitter, including team CEO Jed York, who wrote: "Thoughts & prayers go out to @Dwalk46. We are praying for you and your family."
A statement from general manager Trent Baalke said, "We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Delanie and his family as they grieve this tragedy. Our organization is here to support Delanie through this tough time, as we do with all of our players and staff. At this time, we will respect their family's privacy and ask others to do so as well."
Walker, a Pomona native, completed his seventh season with the 49ers by totaling three receptions for 48 yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss in the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. He is a pending unrestricted free agent.