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February 6, 2013
Walker's aunt, uncle killed by suspected drunk driver after Super Bowl

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Delanie Walker's aunt and uncle were killed in a car crash by a suspected drunk driver outside of New Orleans just hours after the Super Bowl ended. Walker, the team's tight end, today posted pictures of Alice and Bryan Young posing with him and wearing 49ers gear and Mardi Gras beads in New Orleans.

Wrote Walker: "Alice and bryan young my aunt and uncle was killed on Monday at 5 am after the super bowl by a drunk driver... We lost some good people they will be missed i love y'all so much.."

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that the Youngs were in their car on the shoulder of Interstate 10 around 5:30 a.m. when a vehicle driven by Nechole Thomas, 26, struck the back of the Young's 2012 Nissan Altima. Thomas escaped her car before both vehicles burst into flames and later was arrested on two counts of vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and reckless operation of a vehicle, the newspaper reported.

Walker's agent, Vincent Taylor, said the Youngs were driving back to their hotel in Baton Rouge. Walker, who is from Pomona, Calif. played well in the Super Bowl, finishing with three catches for 48 yards and opening holes for the 49ers running game. Walker is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent next month.

Teammates and team president Jed York offered condolences via Twitter: "Thoughts & prayers go out to @Dwalk46 We are praying for you and your family," York wrote.

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For the second straight year, the 49ers have blocked secondary coach Ed Donatell from interviewing for a defensive coordinator position. According to NFL.com, the Saints asked, but were denied, permission to talk to Donatell. The Buccaneers inquired last year. Donatell has served as a defensive coordinator for the falcons, Packers and the University of Washington.

- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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