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Mississippi State football player and his father killed in car crash

(Photo source: MSU website) (Photo source: MSU website)

WLOX News has confirmed that Mississippi State University freshman football player Keith Joseph, Jr and his father, Keith Joseph, Sr. were killed in a car crash Friday night.

The standout defensive player graduated from Pascagoula High School in 2015, and followed in his father's footsteps by playing for the Bulldogs.

The crash happened as the Josephs were on their way to attend Friday night's Pascagoula High School football game. According to the Mississippi State Highway Patrol, Keith Jr. was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup southbound on MS 57 when the truck left the roadway and entered the median. The truck then re-entered the southbound lanes of MS 57, overturning several times and ejecting Keith Jr.

Keith Sr. was sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, and both were pronounced dead on the scene. 

In a statement, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen said, "We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the tragic loss of Keith Jr. and his father. Keith had such a promising future as a Bulldog following in the legacy started by Keith Sr., who played for our program 25 years ago. Keith was a great student, a hard worker and a great teammate to all of us. With heavy hearts, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Joseph family, our entire Mississippi State community and all of the lives these Bulldogs touched.” 

Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin added, "Words can’t express the sorrow we feel by having lost not one, but two members of the Bulldog family, father and son. I was a classmate of Keith Sr., and took pride in having Keith Jr. follow in his dad’s footsteps at MSU. They will both be missed greatly. It’s such a tragic reminder that life is a precious and every day is a gift from God.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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