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Three teenage football players shot in Utah, 2 dead and one is in critical condition

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Two Utah teenagers shot and killed during a fight. Images from their GoFundMe accounts. Please pray for the families involved.

There is a GoFundMe account set up to help raise money for three teenage football players who were shot in West Valley City Utah. According to reports, both Tivani Lopati and Paul Tahi were shot and killed while Ephraim Asiata remains in critical condition.

The two teenagers killed were freshman football players at Hunter High School in Utah. Asiata is a Sophomore on the team.

The three boys were shot by another juvenile according to reports. The 14 year old shooter has been booked into a juvenile detention center, and the gun used in the shooting has been recovered.

According to people on the scene, two groups of students began fighting when one kid pulled out a gun and began firing.

The GoFundMe account in Lopati‘s name reads as follows:

Wolverine nation,
Our hearts have been shattered again. The pain is suffocating. We send our sincerest thoughts, prayers and love to all of you as we navigate this tragic loss. Please continue to pray for strength and comfort for Tivani’s family. Coach Keith we love you and are here for you. We are sorry that this has happened to our community and our brother. We are strong people and band together and support of this family at this time of need. We love you all and our hearts hurt for all of us. — Coach T

Please band together and help us raise the money for Tivani’s funeral expenses.

The account in Tahi‘s name remembers him as the only brother to seven sisters.On Thursday January 13 2022 our King Paula Tupou Tahi lost his life at a young age of 15. Paula is the second oldest and only son of Sasa and Lata Tahi. He leaves behind his loving parents and 7 sisters Melelupe, Eniselika, Elisepa, Analongo, Elesi, Tatyana, Maikeli.Those that have been reaching out to family members asking how they can help may help by donating here. All funds will be given to Paula’s parents to help with funeral costs. We appreciate all the love and prayers. It’s been a very difficult time and we can’t thank you all for the support. It doesn’t go by unnoticed. Please continue to keep Paulas parents and sisters in your thoughts and prayers. Much love.

We at NFL Draft Diamonds are praying for all the families involved.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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