COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – An outpouring of love and support for former Ohio State University quarterback Dwayne Haskins at the Horseshoe grows with a makeshift memorial from fans.
Haskins, 24, was killed Saturday after being hit by a dump truck along a south Florida highway just before 7 a.m. while trying to cross an interstate on foot near the Fort Lauderdale airport.
Police said Haskins’ death is an open traffic homicide investigation and that no further information will be released until the investigation is completed.
At the Shoe, a small crowd of Buckeye fans came and went throughout Sunday evening.
“It’s a shocker to Buckeye Nation, you know?” said fan Von Leach.
“Because he was good, you know what I’m saying,” said fan Anthony Page.
Haskins was a quarterback who could light up a defense, and a crowd, with his electric plays on the field.
He broke dozens of records in his one year as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, leading the team to victory in the 2019 Rose Bowl.
However, his death has shaken this community and Buckeye fans like Leach.
“The talent that he had and stuff like that, what he brought to this school and, like, the standard that he kind of created since he left,” Leach said.
Leach said it wasn’t just Haskins’ play, but his personality that made him such an endearing figure, and others, like Anthony Page, said it was Haskins’ image both on and off the field that inspired people.
“He was a great young man, a role model,” Page said. “I was proud of him, and, you know, I just, it’s just so sad.”
Ohio State University head football coach Ryan Day plans to hold a press conference Monday to answer questions and share memories of Haskins.