The Detroit Lions and fans are showing an outpouring of support for one of their own after a tragic loss this weekend. Detroit Lions player Marvin Jones revealed on Saturday, December 28, that his 6-month-old son, Marlo, had died.

The wide receiver took to social media to share the sad news in a post.

“Yesterday the Lord called home a piece of my family’s heart, Marlo,” the wide receiver, 29, captioned a photo of his little boy on Instagram. “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) [smiley face emoji].

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"

The child died on Friday under circumstances that have not yet been made public. Shortly after Jones's announcement, the Detroit Lions issued their statement showing support for the team member. The statement read,  “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,” the team wrote. “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.”

Marvin and his wife Jazmyn also share sons Marvin III, Mareon and Murrell as well as daughter Mya. They had recently posted a Christmas wish on social media with their entire family.  Other teams within the NFL, such as the Green Bay Packers who play the Lions this weekend,  as well as former players are sharing their condolences for the family across social media.

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