Colts mourn Edwin Jackson as details of alleged suspect emerge

While members of the Philadelphia Eagles continue to experience the greatest joy the NFL offers, members of the Indianapolis Colts are dealing with one of life’s greatest sadnesses: the loss of a teammate.

Early Sunday morning, 26-year-old Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, were killed on the side of Interstate 70 in Indianapolis as they were standing by a stopped vehicle. Police investigators believe Monroe had pulled off the highway because Jackson had become ill.

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 01: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts takes the field for the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on September 1, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after stopping Matt Forte #22 of the New York Jets in the second quarter during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 5, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 01: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) runs to the practice field during the Indianapolis Colts training camp on August 1, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts attempts to break up a pass during the game against the Buffalo Bills on August 13, 2016 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Indianapolis defeats Buffalo 19-18. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson #53 of the Indianapolis Colts looks on during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 13, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Lions won 24-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 29: Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker Edwin Jackson (53) recovers a loose ball during the game against the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals on October 29th, 2017 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. (Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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As news spread of Jackson’s death, stories began to come forward of the linebacker’s personality, from family and teammates alike.

“Edwin was an amazing young man that filed our lives with joy and pride,” his family said in a statement to 11alive.com. “He was kind, thoughtful, humble, passionate about football and loved his family. We ask that all who were blessed to have crossed his path remember him and his amazing smile.”

The Colts, who are in transition as it’s expected that Patriots offensive coordinator will officially accept the job as Indianapolis’ head coach on Monday, have been posting only tributes to Jackson on their Twitter feed, from newly-retired coach Bruce Arians, who was the first to coach Jackson when he was signed to the Cardinals as an undrafted rookie in 2015, to current and former teammates.

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Rest In Peace Edwin Jackson. Gone too soon. Fine young man! #poundcake https://t.co/Ve1wNQSBUX
I’m still in disbelief. My prayers go out to your family and everyone that knew you for the tremendous man you were… https://t.co/l5EVlE5SEZ
Grief is price you pay for truly loving someone. There a lot of people grieving today. Rest In Peace, my brother. Y… https://t.co/Vzifn47Z67
It breaks my heart to hear the news about my brother & former teammate Edwin Jackson. He was always such a joy to b… https://t.co/UujazNGs9n
Man so saddened to hear about Edwin Jackson, my prayers are with your family today man! Christ please give the family strength to fight on!
So sorry to hear of the death of my former player Edwin Jackson. One of my all time favorites. Outstanding young ma… https://t.co/zRdUYuS8Lh
Our hearts and prayers are with Edwin Jackson’s family. Terrific young man, respected and liked by all. Rest In Peace, Edwin.
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Police have started to give more details on the man who struck Jackson and Monroe. According to Indiana State Police detectives, 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck when he hit Jackson and Monroe, and tried to flee the scene on foot.

Police said he is an undocumented immigrant who has been deported twice previously.

“Orrego-Savala is in the United States illegally and has previously been deported on two occasions, in 2007 and again in 2009,” Indianapolis State Police Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. “State police investigators are working with U.S. Federal Immigration Officials and they have placed a hold on Orrego-Savala.”

Orrego-Savala gave police the wrong name initially. He is being held at Marion County jail.

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