Scott Garrett, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State linebacker Abraham Reinhardt

ST. GEORGE — The Dixie State University and the Trailblazers football program are mourning the loss of redshirt-senior football player Abraham Reinhardt, who passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening at Dixie Regional Medical Center.

“We are all incredibly saddened and shocked by Abraham’s passing. Our hearts are broken. He always represented Dixie State University and our football program exceptionally well, but more importantly, he was an amazing young man,” said Dr. Jason Boothe, DSU Athletic Director. “He’s leaving behind a team of equally amazing young men who are struggling with this news as well. We will do everything we can to support Abraham’s family and the team during this very difficult time.”

The cause of death was not released.

This past season, Reinhardt earned first team all-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honors at linebacker after he led or co-led the Trailblazers in three different defensive statistical categories. He recorded a team-high 79 tackles, including 47 solo stops and co-led the team with 13.5 tackles for loss. Additionally, Reinhardt collected 3.5 sacks and co-led the Trailblazer defense with three interceptions, including a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown at Adams State on Nov. 10.

Prior to his arrival to Dixie State, Reinhardt played two seasons at Riverside (California) City College, where he finished with 100 tackles and two interceptions in two seasons. Abraham is a native of Wailuku, Hawaii, and earned all-Poly All-Star, first team All-MIL and Special Teams Player of the Year honors as a senior at H.P. Baldwin High School.

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“Trailblazer Nation is deeply grieved by the loss of Abraham, and our hearts go out to the Reinhardt family, his team, coaches and friends,” said Richard B. Williams, DSU President. “We invite all DSU students, student-athletes, faculty and staff who have been impacted by this tragedy to utilize the counseling services and other resources available through our Health & Counseling Center.”​

There will be a candlelight vigil in honor of Abraham this Monday evening, March 25, at the DSU Clock Tower beginning at 8 p.m. In addition, an official GoFundMe account has been set up for the Reinhardt family and for more information, please visit DixieStateAthletics.com.

The Dixie State University community stands united to support the Reinhardt family while respecting their privacy during this difficult time.