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A memorial service for Dwayne Haskins will be held on April 22 in Pittsburgh, Kalabrya Haskins, Haskins' widow, said in a statement Wednesday. The service will be held at the Allegheny Center Alliance Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a visitation following the memorial from 10-11 a.m.
Haskins was killed early Saturday morning after he was struck by a dump truck while he was walking on Interstate 595 in South Florida. Haskins was 24 years old. According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Haskins was headed to the Fort Lauderdale airport to return to Pittsburgh when the accident occurred.
"I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to every loving soul who has supported our family during this arduous time of loss," Kalabrya Haskins said. "The overwhelming thoughts and prayers have been fuel for our emotional depletion. All of your blessings have been greatly valued and appreciated. The meaningful touches and impact Dwayne made as a husband, son, brother, teammate and friend is a timeless treasure imbrued in our hearts. I am truly grateful to everyone who has been by our side as we mourn his untimely passing. Our family implores for your continued prayers, yet continued respectful privacy as we painfully grieve.
"My husband was more than a great football player. He had the smile of a rainbow that touched the diversity of so many. He will forever rest and remain in our hearts til the end of time. His eternal love will always reside with us, Ohio State, Washington Commanders and Steelers Nation for eternity! LOVE OF MY LIFE, FOREVER…REST IN THE BEAUTIFUL PEACE OF HEAVEN!"
Haskins' parents released a statement through Darren M. Haynes of WUSA.
“We have had such an overwhelming outpouring of love for our son since the news broke of our loss,” Tamara and Dwayne Haskins Sr., parents of Haskins said. “Anyone who knew Dwayne knows he worked exceptionally hard to achieve such a high level of success at such a young age. He was touched by so many people on his journey to being a standout athlete and we are grateful to all of them. This pain is unimaginable, and we appreciate everyone who shares in our heartbreak.”
Funeral services in New Jersey, where Haskins was born and raised until high school, will take place Saturday, April 23 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Christ Church in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. The family is also planning a memorial service for Sunday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland where Haskins attended high school. Haskins' parents are planning to attend the Steelers service virtually, according to Haynes.