Charles Youvella
Charles Youvella, a star football player for Keams Canyon Hopi, died at age 17.
Published by The Arizona Republic from Nov. 11 to Nov. 30, 2013.
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its crazy to think that years have past since u left, i miss you so much everyday, high school football is not the same, being a cheerleader watching football players play.. I only could think of you, nov is coming up the hardest time of the year.. love u always.
Kristen Wakiyan
September 3, 2016
I know your always going to be smiling down on us, but it scares me even more to know your not here. And every day i am thinking about you, Im always going to write in this little thing for as long as i live, but i cant help but not believe that your still gone, because sometimes when i go to the school i always go straight to the football there and sit and cry. your the best. And its been awhile since you went away and i am still dealing with the pain, because yanno i got to move on, but thats the hardest part, is moving on ! haha' i wear your sweater in pride and say ' yeah i knew charles'he had my favorite# & he was my bestfriend! I love you charles, And thanks to everyone who supported his family and thanks to larry fitzgerald for attending the funeral ! Love me, squingy!#22
Kristen Charlie
April 11, 2014
once a bruin , always a bruin , he told me that when I was in 7th grade and was scared to go to my classes and he told me , its okay squing , you got me...hes in heaven now, looking down on us, forever be strong , because we all know he is always gonna be here with us. -kristenc.
#thoughts&prayers from Holbrook high school students&staff !!
kristen charlie
November 26, 2013
To the Youvella Family,
Our condolences to the entire family. May God's love embrace all of you through this time of loss. May he bless your family with strength to overcome this tragic loss. I did not know him however, as a parent I can feel the loss.
God Be With All Of You
BJ Nunez
BJ Nunez
November 25, 2013
I cant amagine losing my sons but have peace knowing he is in Gods holy and loving arms
Tracy
November 18, 2013
Our heartfelt condolences to the Youvella family, Hopi High School Bruins, Coach Saban & Staff, and the entire Hopi Tribe, on the loss of such a fine young man....,He left an impressive legend, "the heart of a lion", and at such a young age, his early passing is going to make a difference in some manner. He is your Angel now and will always be there to watch over you...,Peace be with you all! Kathy Kitcheyan & Family -- San Carlos, AZ
November 18, 2013

To the family: Saying good-bye must be the hardest thing in the world for you, and words seem like such little things compared to what all of you are going through. With deepest sympathy.
November 17, 2013
SO VERY, SORRY, FOR YOUR LOST..FAMILY In MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYS..
sandra plemmons
November 17, 2013
A Rodriguez
November 15, 2013
Thoughts and prayers are with your family in the loss of Charles. Such a tragic loss at such a young, vital age - I know your hearts are broken. Speak often of your good memories, smile as you recall his life. Charles, God has a special place for you -
Dee
November 15, 2013
RIP Charles Youvella! You will be dearly missed by the Hopi People.
Mar Numkena
November 15, 2013
Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. We will pray for The Youvella family.
Wilbert Samuels
November 14, 2013
My prayers and condolences to Charles and Youvell family.
Adam Francisco
November 14, 2013
Prayers for journey Charles and for the Youvella Family.
Marcus Cleveland
November 14, 2013
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Rosemary Pavenyouma
November 14, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Youvella family. Just know that Charles is looking over you and will always be with you.
Erick Petranovich
November 14, 2013
God bless the Youvella family. Our thoughts n prayers are with you.
armymom
November 14, 2013
My condolences to the Youvella family, as well as to the students, and faculty of Hopi High School. It is always hard to lose someone so special, stay strong and team members, score one for Charles. Prayers going your way.
Ernest Tsosie
November 14, 2013
Youvella family, relatives, friends and community. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are so sorry for the sudden passing of Charles. May you find comfort knowing Charles is with our Heavenly Father and in the loving arms of his mother.
Sager Family
November 14, 2013
Condolences to the Youvella Family.
Ryan Parkett
November 14, 2013
May Gods peace and comfort be with you all during this difficult time. God bless you.
John and Judy Crable
November 14, 2013
Our condoleances from Belgium. I cannot imagine how this affects your life. I sent prayers to you and sending prayers and smoke up for Charles..
Krisje Van Tongel
November 14, 2013
Floyd Jameson
November 13, 2013
So sorry to hear of this tragic event at such a happy time for HJSHS. Wally you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and remember all the good times with Charles. Your friend, Forrest Waggoner
November 13, 2013
My sympathy and condolences to Wallace Youvella Jr. and family. I'm very honored to have covered Charles' football and basketball games as a sportswriter for the Gallup Independent. Hopi head football coach Steve Saban said Charles played with heart and 10 times his size is right. My prayers are with the Youvella family, villages in Hopi country, the school and the players and coaching staff at Hopi. Additionally, my prayers are with the players, coaching staff and staff at Arizona Lutheran Academy.
Oree Foster - 40 years of sports writing.
Gallup Independent Sports Writer
November 13, 2013
Heartfelt condolences and prayers to the youvella family god bless you
Roy Williams
November 13, 2013
My condolences to the Youvella Family!
Louis Sisto
November 13, 2013
May you dance in the sky Charles! Sorry for your loss and prayers to everyone who knew him. My son is a fan of football and it brought it close to home for us. Thoughts with family, friends, & community at this time. #22 Forever!
Krystal Bergen-Tsosie
November 13, 2013
Sending Prayers & Condolences to Charles Youvella's Family.
RIP#22
Waynette Nez
November 13, 2013
Prayers to the Family.
November 13, 2013
RIP Charles...you have played the game you loved with heart...my condolences to the family and Hopi High football team...
Michael Talayumptewa
November 13, 2013
I'm so sorry for ur loss.... My condolence to the youvella family and teammates stay strong... Ill keep you all in my Prayers RIP Charles #22
Tierra Sheppard
November 13, 2013
Charles leaves behind a great legacy and many happy memories for those who knew him. Thoughts and prayers to the family. May the Lord be your refuge during this sorrowful time ~
Dollie Naha
November 13, 2013
Prayers to the Family, Friends, and the Community that surrounds Charles Youvella. Lean upon each other and draw strength and love during this terrible time of sadness. From many states away loving prayers and sympathy are sent..
Jannie Primeau
November 13, 2013
My thoughts and prayers for the family, friends, teammates and community. So sorry for your loss.
Myra Leigh
November 13, 2013
To Family, friends, relatives, and the FOOTBALL TEAM!!Keep Charles' memory in your heart and remember that he was doing what he liked best. It's sad when young people leave us, BUT, he is now in the company of his mother and other loved ones that have passed on. With this loss, don't take life for granted, appreciate each and every day for what it's worth. Our condolences and love go out to each and everyone of you. It's very hard to lose someone you love dearly. His memory will always be with us each & every day!!!
The Pavateas' and The Lacapas
November 13, 2013
RIP #22 Charles Youvella! Sending Prayers & Condolences from the Grand Canyon! May God Surround the Youvella Family, Relatives & Hopi w/ Comfort & Peace!
Cedric Colorado
November 13, 2013
Praying for strength and comfort during this difficult time. May the embrace of loved ones and heart felt sympthies encourage and inspire those around.
Roshelle
November 13, 2013
R.I.P CHARLES YOUVELLA...
M. JAMES ANTONE
November 13, 2013
So sorry for your loss. My prayers and warm thoughts to the family of Charles Youvella. I hope the support they are receiving will help in this time of sorrow. Keep strong.
Janelle Jensen
November 13, 2013
Pamela Manygoats
November 13, 2013
From my and my husbands team the Window Rock Warriors 8-10 and 11-12 year old division. Our prayers are with you. We have four children of our own who play football. Our prayers and out thoughts are with the Youvella family, his Hopi Bruins Football Family, and the Hopi Nation.
- Coach Davin and Amanda Singer, The TDFL Warrior Football Family
Amanda Singer
November 13, 2013
Such a tragic loss, my heart goes out to his family, teammates and friends. This has affected so many nationwide and as a HS football mom I pray that something will come of this to keep our kids safer. RIP Charles.
Catrina Sheperd
November 13, 2013
As you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heavens. They say love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Im sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all ????
Reynalda
November 13, 2013
Sorry for your loss, its hard but hang on
god have him in his hand.
Erma Adley
November 13, 2013
From our team and families, God Bless the Youvella Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Arizona Wildcats Football Family
November 13, 2013
my prayers are for the young man and for his family. Such a loss. He reminds me of some young men on our area. I am also compelled to send some money via Bank of America for costs as I am sure the family would appreciate a gesture like this.
Sincerely, Lorintha Umtuch, Yakama Indian Reservation
November 13, 2013
As a family with former and active young athletes, we share your great loss and your sadness. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Youvella family, Charles' friends, his school, and the Hopi Nation.
a ranch family in Yavapai county
November 13, 2013
Journey well you have earned the right to wear that uniform son as well as a eagle plume upon your being may your family be comforted and blessed knowing that your life is being honored and that you are going to be well and forever young to run and be a gift to all who have been touched by your presence.
Christina Sekayumptewa
November 13, 2013
I am deeply saddened by this young man's early death. I played football on The Massillon Tiger's (Massillon, Ohio) and also at Princeton University, class of 1985. I am fifty years old and I am don't know what to say. I heard about his passing on Fox News and just wish there was something I could do. You have my deepest sympathy!
Doug Eberhart
November 13, 2013
I remember Charles from Keams Canyon Elementary School and I remeber going to school with him at Hopi High... I am deeply sorry Mr and Ms. Youvella.
Shanay Nelson
November 13, 2013
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of a very talented native american atlete. My heart goes out to the family and our nieghboring Hopi Nation. All my boys play sports, one of them plays high school football. So I do worry about them. May the Creator BlessYou and he is in Heaven playing the sport he loved.Again I am sorry, from your Native American sister family, the San Carlos Apache and Navajo Nation.
martha kinkicheenie
November 13, 2013
No words can express the heartache I feel for Wally Jr, family, teammates, friends and the Hopi Nation. May the Good Lord give you the peace, healing and comfort you need during this time. RIP Charles Youvella #22
November 13, 2013
No words can express the feelings that come to mind with the loss of a child. Through Heavenly father's plan we know that Families can be Together forever. May that knowledge bring comfort at this time. We love you guys.
Ron Smith
November 13, 2013
I'm publishing this story in USA TODAY Sports right now and I can't even imagine what your community is going through. I am so sorry. My sympathies go out to friends, family and teammates. "Heart of a lion." You sound like an amazing person. Rest in peace.
S. Winpigler
November 13, 2013
From one sports parent to another, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I cried when I read about what happened to your son. I'm so sorry.
November 13, 2013
Our Heart goes out to Charles and his entire family, along with his football family, and friends. May the Lord grant you peace, and comfort.
Yolanda Corona del Sol High School
November 13, 2013
Words alone cannot comfort your heart at this time of sorrow, but with the grace of God you will once again smile and remember your beloved Charles and what he brought to this world. My sincere condolences.
Michelle
November 13, 2013
God Bless You in this very hard time. I can only imagine the hurt that you are enduring. I a grandmother to a football player makes me scared but if this is there love for sports they live life to the whole. I truly express my deepest sympathy to the Youvella family, Team friend and all extended relatives.

God Bless You all
V Felix
November 13, 2013
God's light shines through in this time of darkness. Charles's spirit will live on as his soul enters the Kingdom of God. As time passes by and as the shock of this untimely death wanes... you will come to embrace the fact that Charles in now in a much better place -- among the angels of the Father.
November 13, 2013
Sorry for your loss. My thoughts nd prayers are with his family, teammates, friends and that whole community. God bless. Rest in peace Charles.
November 13, 2013
May God be with the family and friends of Charles. So sad.
Nora
November 12, 2013
I pray God will comfort all of Charles' family, friends and teammates. Special prayers for his mother and father for their great loss.
Willie Dudley
November 12, 2013
I got a chance to watch this young man play. i couldn't believe how small he was but he was so quick and fast that it was hard for the opposing team to tackle him. i will always remember that night you played against Ganado. I was on the sidelines on the visitors side. I am blessed to have watched you play. Rest in Peace brother and thanks for the Memories.
Freddie Yazzie
November 12, 2013
My deepest sympathy..prayers to your whole family.
November 12, 2013
May the Youvella family and community know how many prayers are being sent for your peace and comfort.
Mark Smith
November 12, 2013
My the Great Spirit guide you and the family members left behind. My prayers of The Youvella Family and the Hopi People of Northeast Arizona. Rudy Begay, Peoria, Az.
November 12, 2013
God bless Charles. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends and his football team.
Ron Scott
November 12, 2013
My sincere condolences to the Youvella Family for the loss of your son Charles. May you Rest in Peace Charles.
Janet
November 12, 2013
Askwali (thank you)
Charles was a strong young man and he fought till the end. Watching him make the touch down should his athleticism and how much he showed his love for the game. He will always be missed and loved by everyone.

#RIP#CHARLESYOUVELLA#MIGHTYBRUIN#22
Sharnell Tom
November 12, 2013
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Donna R.
November 12, 2013
Jesus loves you.
November 12, 2013
God is holding your beautiful Charles in His loving arms. Take comfort in this and all the support you have.
Susan Bader
November 12, 2013
am so sorry for your loss..Pleas accept my heartfelt condolonces..i will pray for your son and family.
danny cannan
November 12, 2013
I am so very sad and sorry for the loss of this wonderful young man. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and teachers. May our Heavenly Father hold them in His loving arms and may they find comfort and peace.
Susan Bader
November 12, 2013
R.I.P to this young man. May his Family and friends find comfort in their time of need.
Jessica K
November 12, 2013
So very sorry for the sudden passing of Charles. I cannot imagine your greif. Please hold all the good memories close, and know that Charles is now with thousands of new Angels from The Philippines. God Bless Everyone.
Sandi
November 12, 2013
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to your entire family during this difficult time.
Susan A.
November 12, 2013
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Katrina Josytewa
Katrina Josytewa
November 12, 2013
May God watch over you and your family and give you the strength after this tragic incident. God Bless. My heart and thoughts are with you!
Joan Dittmer
November 12, 2013
R.i.P Charles. AKA Lil C. You Will always be in my heart.! I love&miss you!!I will always all our good times!
#r.i.p
amber sinquah
November 12, 2013
My soul was deeply saddened when I heard the news of your family's loss. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. As a parent of a former high school football player who played Hopi High School several times your tragedy struck especially close to home and made me realize how truly blessed I was that he remained healthy and without injuries.Hold on to your faith! God has you all in His loving and healing hand!
Mary Candelaria
November 12, 2013
To the Youvella family, relatives and the entire Hopi Tribe and community: We hold you in our hearts and prayers.
Val Tom
November 12, 2013
God bless your family at this terrible time in your lives. What a fine young man he was.
November 12, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Youvella family. May God be close to you and give you comfort than only He can give.
Jean and Marvin Call
November 12, 2013
May he rest in peace.
B. Cartwright
November 12, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless!
November 12, 2013
I remember the games I watched your team play this season during your home games. I was always excited to catch the game and watch your team play. You and your team had a phenomenal season, so thrilling; I will miss that and cherish these memories forever. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Jason Yazzie
November 12, 2013
Sorry for your loss. God Bless.
Chuck Brown
November 12, 2013
RIP, may his family find comfort during this tragic time. May God be with you
Jo DLR
November 12, 2013
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your family member and my heart goes out to your whole community. May God comfort you and embrace you at this tragic time as only He can. Know how many people this loss has touched. God Bless you all.
Rondi Yard
November 12, 2013
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