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Colts players, coaches expected at funeral of linebacker struck and killed one week ago

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

Friends, family and teammates of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson will honor him on Monday at funeral services set to take place in Jackson's hometown of Atlanta.

Jackson's funeral will be held at Big Bethel AME Church. 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 last 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, who had twice been deported from the country, was drunk when he hit the victims and he doesn't have a license. He was charged Wednesday with four felony counts.

Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would pay for the funerals of both men killed in the accident.

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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