The 25-year-old Moroccan student Yazid El Hilali, who passed away after he was struck by a van last weekend while he was walking along the shoulder of a road at around 3:48 a.m. in Wayne Township, N.J., was remembered by the director of the Engineering Entrepreneurship program of Villanova College and by his classmates, as well as by the former head coach of the Villanova University Rugby Football Club and former teammates.
The Villanova University Rugby Football Club said on its official Facebook page that it is indeed in deep sorrow following the death of “one of our own this week.”
The Facebook post read the following:
“Villanova Rugby mourns one of our own this week with the loss of former player Yazid “Rocco” [Yazid goes by the nickname Rocco] El Hilali. El Hilali (2012) was struck by a car in Wayne Township, NJ this Saturday and has been pronounced dead. The tragic death of El Hilali comes as a grievous loss to all the members of Villanova Rugby, past and present and we will be sure to keep our cherished teammate, along with his family and friends, in our thoughts and prayers.”
Former Villanova Rugby Head Coach Larry McManus was reported to say by SIlive.com the following: