Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones and his wife, Jazmyn, tragically lost their six-month-old son, Marlo, over the weekend. The circumstances of his passing have not yet been made public, but the couple has been very open about their feelings during this difficult time.
On Monday afternoon, Jazmyn posted to social media about Marlo's passing of the first time in an emotional Instagram message.
She shared a gallery of photos of her son and their family.
"As I laid my sweet baby boy to rest today; I am still in disbelief that he gained his wings," she wrote in the caption. "My heart hurts knowing I will never get to hold you again Marlo, but I know you will forever be with me buddy. Thank you EVERYONE for all the calls,texts & prayers. I will respond soon, but know they are all appreciated and help more than you know. I know with all the love and support that my family has received from so many we will be okay. God give my baby all the hugs and kisses. I love you Marlo."
Marvin shared the news of Marlo's passing on his Instagram account on Saturday.
"Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family's heart, Marlo. It is hard to believe that our little angel, our fighter from day one, our son 'Marlito' has unfortunately passed away and is no longer here with us. Marlo, the joy that you brought to us everyday, with that smile, and that energy was like heaven on earth. You will always be in our hearts. We will always remember you. We did not get the chance to hear your first words (It would've been in Spanish too)," he wrote.
"We didn't get to see you run with your brothers and sister, you ran with them with your eyes everyday. We know that everything that We do from here on out will be with you. Every step we take, you will be with us. Whenever we have a bad day, We will think of your smile. We miss you already buddy and will forever love you. Rest peacefully our sweet baby boy. You have gained your wings"
Lions head coach Matt Patricia talked briefly to ESPN about the tragedy after the teams loss to the Packers on Sunday.
"Marvin is a very special person. His family – it's a wonderful family," Patrica said. "He and Jazmyn are great people, and my heart is just so saddened for them and with them right now. I was very happy to see him today."
"Earlier today, we were informed by Marvin and Jazmyn Jones about the sudden passing of their youngest son, Marlo. The Detroit Lions fully support Marvin and Jazmyn during this extremely difficult time. Marvin and Jazmyn embody the true meaning of family, and the example they set has made them an inspiration to so many in our community. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support. On behalf of the Jones family, we ask that everyone respect the privacy of the matter at this time."