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Freshman defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu has passed away.

Terrible news this morning, Ags. Polo Manukainiu was reportedly killed in a car accident overnight. We here at GBH would like to offer Polo's family, friends, and teammates all our thoughts and prayers during this tragic time.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Horrible early morning news: I&#39;ve been informed that <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TAMU&amp;src=hash">#TAMU</a> football player Polo Manukainiu has been killed in a car accident. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23rip&amp;src=hash">#rip</a></p>&mdash; Mark Passwaters (@themarkup) <a href="https://twitter.com/themarkup/statuses/362153506494365696">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Polo was a highly touted 4-star defensive end out of Euless Trinity High School. He redshirted last year and was expected to make an impact this year on the defensive line. Polo was loved by his teammates and will be missed by all. We'll update this story with news reports as they come in.

11:15 am update

ESPN report contains further details. "Another incoming Utah freshman and passenger in the car -- offensive tackle Salesi Uhatafe -- survived, as did his father, Salesi Sr. Uhatafe is Manukainiu's stepbrother and Andrew 'Lolo' Uhatafe's brother."

10:35 am update

Aggie Athletics official release. “We lost a terrific young man,” Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Polo was loved by his teammates and coaches. Anyone who came in contact with him was struck by his sense of humor and smile. My heart aches for his mom and family members.”

9:45 am update

Former Euless Trinity player Gaius Vaenuku who was a freshman at Utah and Euless Trinity player Lolo Uhatafe also died in the single car accident, according to Fox DFW.

9:30 am update

8:30 am update

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ill never forget my first roommate rest easy @ManukainiuPol ima miss you big homie 🙏😞</p>&mdash; ★=Williams (@twll3) <a href="https://twitter.com/twll3/statuses/362145392600694785">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>R.I.P. Polo smh another one gone too soon</p>&mdash; Steven Terrell (@SdotTerrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/SdotTerrell/statuses/362177390178353152">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Prayers to the family of Polo Manukainiu and also the FB programs at Texas A&amp;M &amp; Euless Trinity-May God give you peace in your time of loss</p>&mdash; Herb Hand (@CoachHand) <a href="https://twitter.com/CoachHand/statuses/362192861220962304">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thoughts and prayers are with Polo Manukainiu and his family. Always heard great things about him. RIP</p>&mdash; Kohl Stewart (@KohlStewart1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KohlStewart1/statuses/362194726444736513">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>T&amp;P are with the <a href="https://twitter.com/ManukainiuPolo">@ManukainiuPolo</a> family, our team, and all Ags. Another Aggie Angel.</p>&mdash; Domingo Bryant (@DomingoBryant) <a href="https://twitter.com/DomingoBryant/statuses/362202640257527810">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Very saddened this morning by the passing of <a href="https://twitter.com/ManukainiuPolo">@ManukainiuPolo</a> what a great kid! Praying for his family. <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RIPpolo&amp;src=hash">#RIPpolo</a> <a href="http://t.co/UsibTtdi50">pic.twitter.com/UsibTtdi50</a></p>&mdash; Texas A&amp;M Equipment (@TAMUequipment) <a href="https://twitter.com/TAMUequipment/statuses/362203834895982592">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Heart hurts waking up to news about Polo.. I think I speak for everyone on our team when I say we love you brother you will be missed</p>&mdash; Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) <a href="https://twitter.com/JManziel2/statuses/362211805088591876">July 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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