The mother of a Texas A&M defensive lineman and his younger brother told her sons goodbye in front of a packed church Saturday, almost two weeks after they and another teen were killed in a car accident in New Mexico. Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin and about 75 of his players and staff were among the more than 1,000 people who attended the funeral.
The coaches and players came to honor a teammate, defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu -- and his brother Lolo Uhatafe. The brothers and two others were killed when their vehicle overturned July 29 on a highway in New Mexico.
"I think it gave comfort to the family that they came to show their respect," said a relative of the brothers, Asena Puafisi. "They were just good kids you know, they loved their family and football, just like they do everything for family and church."
The memorial service was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints in Colleyville -- standing room only for two young men whose loss is felt deeply in a close knit community.
Friends say the family is thankful for the comfort and support of so many -- who knew Polo and Lolo at church -- and at Trinity High School where Polo starred. When the memorial service was over -- the two busloads of Aggie football family stood silently as the caskets were loaded -- for the trip to Bear Creek Cemetery -- final resting spot for Polo and Lolo.
Alan Cannon, a spokesman for A&M's athletics department could not confirm whether Quarterback Johnny Manziel was there. He was not seen outside the service.
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