University of Hawaii linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa dead at 21

UH Middle-linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa dead at 21 years old

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa died Thursday at the age of 21, university officials say.

Sanitoa, a redshirt junior, was a 2016 graduate of Samoana High School in American Samoa. He appeared in 12 games as a sophomore during the 2018 football season, logging 30 tackles on the season.

David Matlin, the university’s athletics director, says the football team was informed of Sanitoa’s passing on Friday morning.

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“Earlier today, the football team was brought together to discuss the tragedy," Matlin said in a statement. "Campus counselors were on hand and will continue to be available for all student athletes and staff to help with the healing process.”

Sanitoa was considered an up-and-coming prospect who figured to be a part of the team’s rotation at linebacker this season.

“It’s always heartbreaking to lose a member of our UH ohana, particularly when it’s one of our young student-athletes," Matlin said. "Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, his teammates, and to all those who knew and loved him.”

This story will be updated.

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