Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson laid to rest Monday - CBS46 News

Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson laid to rest Monday

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ATLANTA (AP) -

Funeral services were held Monday for Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, who was killed with his Uber driver when authorities say a drunken driver living illegally in the U.S. struck them along a highway.

Jackson's funeral took place at Big Bethel AME Church in his hometown of Atlanta. A visitation was held Sunday night.

Childhood friends and NFL teammates praised Jackson for his contributions on and off the field. He attended Westlake High School in Atlanta.

The 26-year-old Jackson's family says the Colts and the NFL "have lost a young and rising star - one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion."

Jackson and 54-year-old-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon, Indiana, were killed Sunday when authorities say they were struck by 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. Monroe's funeral will be Friday in Indianapolis.

Authorities say Orrego-Savala was drunk when he hit the victims and he doesn't have a license. He was charged Wednesday with four felony counts.

Edwin Jackson's family says those wishing to honor his life can contribute to the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation, which Jackson started to empower athletes and youth.

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