Colts Owner Jim Irsay Will Pay for Funeral of Edwin Jackson

ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 13: Edwin Jackson /

The Colts lost a teammate and a brother when Edwin Jackson was struck by a suspected drunk driver and killed early Sunday morning. Owner Jim Irsay will pay for the funerals of Jackson and fellow victim Jeffery Monroe in a gesture of support for their friends and families.

Uber driver Jeffery Monroe had pulled over to the emergency shoulder of I-70 to lend a hand to Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, who investigators believe had become ill.

Manuel Orrego-Savala was suspected to be drunk driving and living in the country illegally with an invalid driver’s license, and he collided with Jackson and Monroe. Jackson and Monroe were both pronounced dead early Sunday morning in a tragedy that has shaken the entire Colts family.

Orrego-Savala attempted to flee the scene of the accident on foot, but he was immediately apprehended by Indiana State Police and is currently being held in county jail.

Jim Irsay has been a controversial figure during his time owning the Colts, but he is reportedly making an extremely kind gesture by paying for the funerals of both his former player Edwin Jackson and the good Samaritan Jeffery Monroe.

I can’t imagine what the family and friends of Jackson and Monroe are going through at this time, but not having to worry about funeral costs takes one of the burdens off of their plate during the grieving process. This is a time when the entire Colts community needs to come together in support of these victims, and Jim Irsay is leading the way.

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