In the hours after learning that Columbus Crew rookie midfielder Kirk Urso had died, his teammates, friends, and the wider soccer community took to Twitter to express their an outpouring of grief and prayers for the 22-year-old.
Here are a few of the words from his teammates and others in the Crew family, including Ben Speas, who was also Urso's teammate at University of North Carolina.
I feel sick, Speechless. Just doesn't seem fair. Your forever in my heart Captain Kirk. I Love you brother twitter.com/BenSpeas18/sta…— Ben Speas (@BenSpeas18) August 5, 2012
Feeling numb by the passing away of a great team mate Kirk Urso last night. 22 and such a great guy, always smiling every single day!!— Chris Birchall (@chrisbirchall7) August 5, 2012
Locker neighbor and my chi-town brotha, RIP Kirk Urso. You were a great kid with a bright future. Hard to understand. Love ya man.— Eric Gehrig (@eGehrig16) August 5, 2012
Back in Columbus and still can't think straight. Life is too fragile...— Josh Williams (@josh3williams) August 5, 2012
Still shocked to have lost such a great friend. Thoughts and prayers are with Kirks family and friends. He will truly be missed by us all.— Aaron Schoenfeld (@aaronschoenfeld) August 5, 2012
Hard to believe and hurts me to say this,— Dilly Duka (@D_Duka11) August 5, 2012
#RIP Kirk Urso. Love you buddy.. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Many of Urso's fellow rookies, now with other clubs, knew him from the college game or got to know him at this year's MLS Combine, either playing alongside him or against him.
Thoughts and prayers goes out to the family and friends ofKirk Urso, didn't know him much, but we were teammates at the combine, great guy— Babayele Sodade (@Babs0307) August 5, 2012
I am very proud to say I had to opportunity to play with Kirk urso, a true class act on and off the field. Unreal. Prayers go to his family— Tony Walls (@TWalls20) August 5, 2012
Truly heart broken to hear of the passing of Kirk Urso. RIP. Praying for strength for his family. Great player and great man.— Chandler Hoffman (@chandala) August 5, 2012
Im honestly in shock right now. Can't believe what I just heard about Kirk. RIP my dude. My thoughts go out to his family. Wow— Sam Garza (@SamGarza19) August 5, 2012
I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Kirk Urso, my thoughts and prayers with his family and and friends.— Rafael Garcia(@Rafizzy07) August 5, 2012
Hard to wake up to news like this. Great player and great guy off the field! Thoughts and prayers go out to the Urso family.— KelynRowe (@Krowe210) August 5, 2012
Such tragic news.... My thoughts are with the friends and family of Kirk Urso. You will be missed.— Andrew Duran (@Durn15) August 5, 2012
Was blessed to play with and against Kirk; he always stood out as a player and person. My thoughts and prayers go out to Kirk's family.— Hunter Jumper (@HunterJumper_) August 5, 2012
Beyond his fellow rookies and teammates, the wider MLS community has expressed its sadness at Urso's passing.
Major League Soccer will hold a moment of silence for Kirk Urso at today's two league matches.— Don Garber (@thesoccerdon) August 5, 2012
For those who didn't know him, came from a great family, always worked extremely hard and loved the game. He will be missed by so many.— William Johnson (@WillJohnson08) August 5, 2012
Sad day today my thought and prayers are with kirks family. Blessed to have known and played with him.— Danny Cruz (@Dannycruz5) August 5, 2012
Just heard the news Columbus crew midfielder Kirk urso has passed away. Sad news RIP— Freddy Adu (@FreddyAdu) August 5, 2012
Thoughts and prayers to Kirk Urso's family and friends. Didn't know the kid but heard all good things about him. So sad.— Nick Rimando (@NickRimando) August 5, 2012
Just woke up to the news of the chitown boy Kirk Urso. Devastated, 22 is too young. Gonna miss you kid— Rauwshan McKenzie (@BigMcK4) August 5, 2012
Just learned the sad news about my former teammate Kirk Urso. My thoughts & prayers are with him & his family. May his soul rest in peace— Jalil Anibaba (@NigerianFuture) August 5, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with Kirk Urso's family and the entire Crew organization.— Drew Moor (@drewmoor) August 5, 2012
Tough morning hearing about the death of Kirk Urso of the Columbus Crew. Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends!— AJ DeLaGarza (@AJD_20) August 5, 2012
A sad day in the futbol world, with the passing of Kirk Urso. I remember when he trained with the Fire. Life is too short, enjoy it!!— Kwame Watson-Siriboe (@Kwamekazi) August 5, 2012
Sad, sad day. RIP Kirk.— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) August 5, 2012
mourning the loss of a friend today. RIP, Kirk. Blessed to have known you— Brek Shea (@BrekShea) August 5, 2012
Former US international Mia Hamm, a fellow UNC alum, expressed her sadness.
All our thoughts and prayers are with Kirk Urso's family , friends, and teammates . Heels.— Mia Hamm (@MiaHamm) August 5, 2012