Mié. Feb 8th, 2023

BYU offensive lineman Sione Veikoso has died in a construction accident in Kailua, Hawaii, the team announced Friday night.

«Rest in Love Sione. God be with you until we meet again,» the Cougars wrote on Twitter.

Prior to enrolling at BYU, Veikoso served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 2018-2020 in Brazil. He began his college career at the state of Arizona.

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GREENVILLE, NC – OCTOBER 21: A Brigham Young Cougars helmet sits on the sidelines during a game between the BYU Cougars and the East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC on October 21, 2017.
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He eventually transferred to BYU and appeared in one game during the 2022 college football season. Veikoso was a three-star high school recruit.

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«We are very saddened to learn of the tragic death of one of our brothers, Sione Veikoso,» BYU head coach Kalani Sitake wrote on Twitter. «His passing is heartbreaking to all of us. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers to his family as we share in his grief. Our love for you is forever, Sione!»

Veikoso was part of a crew working on a 15-foot retaining wall when it partially collapsed, according to KITV News in Honolulu. Multiple people were trapped after the collapse.

Firefighters responded to the scene and cleared debris to reach the people who were trapped, the report revealed. At least two were in serious condition.

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 26: The BYU Cougars football team, including Houston Heimuli #35, Sione Veikoso #72, Kingsley Suamataia #78, Alden Tofa #51, Joe Tukuafu #52, Lorenzo Fauatea #55, Peter Falaniko #68 and others, pose for a group photo before an NCAA college football game against the Stanford Cardinal on November 26, 2022, at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California.

PALO ALTO, CA – NOVEMBER 26: The BYU Cougars football team, including Houston Heimuli #35, Sione Veikoso #72, Kingsley Suamataia #78, Alden Tofa #51, Joe Tukuafu #52, Lorenzo Fauatea #55, Peter Falaniko #68 and others, pose for a group photo before an NCAA college football game against the Stanford Cardinal on November 26, 2022, at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California.
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«The BYU soccer family mourns the passing of our beloved teammate and fellow Cougar, Sione Veikoso,» BYU director of athletics Tom Holmoe said on Twitter. «May his family and friends feel our love and faith at this most sacred and difficult time. Peace be with you now and forever, Sione.»

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No other details were immediately available.

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