On Saturday, the LSU football team honored the daughter of Assistant Coach Kevin Faulk, after her tragic death earlier this week.
Faulk’s daughter, Kevione, died days before she turned 20 years old. At this point, her cause of death has not been revealed. But the Tigers wore decals on their helmet that read “KF” for Saturday’s game against the Central Michigan Chippewas.
The LSU football team shared a picture of the honorary decal on Twitter, along with a heartfelt message for the assistant coach’s family.
“Tonight we honor Kevione Faulk a day after what would have been her 20th birthday,” the caption reads. “We continue to mourn the loss of a daughter, a sister, a friend, a classmate, and a colleague.”
Kevione Faulk attended LSU as a student and worked for the football team as a student employee. The team’s Twitter account also released a statement about her passing last Monday when the news broke.
LSU Remembers Kevione Faulk and Her Legacy
“We are heartbroken with the passing of Kevione Faulk, and our thoughts and prayers are with the Faulk family and all those who love Kevione,” the statement read. “She was a part of the LSU family, and we mourn the loss of a daughter, a sister, a friend, a classmate, and a colleague. We ask that all Tigers keep the Faulks in their prayers and respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
ESPN also aired a touching tribute to Kevione during the game against Central Michigan yesterday.
“It’s been an especially tough week for this LSU football program and for folks around Baton Rouge in particular,” one announcer said.
After explaining how Kevione had died earlier this week, he continued, “And you can feel the heaviness and the sadness around the program when it came to the loss of a teenage girl and obviously the daughter of not just a great LSU player and great professional player, but also someone who worked in the building.”
Per Fox News, Kevin Faulk played for the New England Patriots for 13 seasons, securing three Super Bowl titles. He also played for LSU from 1995-1998 and holds the record for the school’s most rushes.
Head Coach Ed Orgeron Mourns Kevione Faulk’s Death
On Monday, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron shared his grief on Twitter.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Coach Faulk and his family as we mourn the loss of his daughter Kevione. Her smile and personality will be sorely missed in our building. May she Rest In Peace,” Orgeron wrote.
According to Sports Illustrated, Orgeron later spoke with reporters on Wednesday and mentioned that Kevin Faulk would be taking some time away from his job as the LSU running back coach.
“Right now, Coach Faulk is with his family. I told him to take his time and do whatever he needs to do,” Orgeron said.
“Everybody here is sick to their stomach,” the head coach continued. “Feel bad for Coach Faulk. He’s a great man with a great family and I can’t imagine the pain they’re going through.”