49er’s family members killed by drunk driver after Super Bowl

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Delanie Walker #46 of the San Francisco 49ers runs past Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Delanie Walker #46 of the San Francisco 49ers runs past Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants at Candlestick Park on November 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Delanie Walker’s team may have lost the Super Bowl, but Wednesday Walker’s Twitter followers learned the tight end was dealing with something far worse – the loss of family.

Walker tweeted that his aunt and uncle, Alice and Bryan Young, were killed Monday morning following the Super Bowl by a drunk driver.

Multiple reports indicate the driver of the vehicle Necole Thomas, 26, was able to “escape the accident with minor injuries.”

Bob Warren of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports the crash occurred around 5:30 am Monday. Louisiana State Police said Thomas was driving at a “high rate of speed” and hit the back of the car Alice and Bryan Young were in.

Walker has received encouraging messages from his followers, including teammate Jonathan Goodwin:

Walker tweets that he will miss his aunt and uncle, but believes they’re in a “better place.”

Included in the tweets memorializing his aunt and uncle are two Instagram photos of the three together.

Alice and Bryan Young’s son, DeAndre Williams, told the Victorville Daily Press Wednesday that his parents were “great people.”  Williams, who is Walker’s cousin, said his parents attended the Super Bowl as guests but he declined to focus on school and track.

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