San Diego football star killed in wreck

Posted at 8:24 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 16:46:59-05
SAN DIEGO – A San Diego native and football player for the University of New Mexico Lobos was killed in a crash Tuesday afternoon. 
Twenty-year-old Markel Byrd, a sophomore safety, died Tuesday near Gallup, New Mexico, while driving home with his girlfriend. Their car suffered a tire blowout on Interstate 40 and both were ejected, the school reported. 
Byrd, who was driving, died at the scene. His girlfriend is in critical condition at a local hospital. 
"This is an absolute tragedy,” head coach Bob Davie said in a statement. “Markel Byrd was an outstanding person and student-athlete and we will miss him. I was with the family late Tuesday night and obviously they are devastated.  Our thoughts and prayers go to them.  Markel will forever be a member of our family."
Byrd was a prep standout at Horizon Christian Academy in San Diego, where he played quarterback and defensive back.
He redshirted in 2013 at New Mexico, but played safety the last two seasons.