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Coroner confirms death of NFL player's father, Carlos Dunlap Sr.

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Carlos Dunlap Sr. accepted the NFL Community Service of the Year award on behalf of his son Carlos Dunlap II at The CHARLEYS at The Gaillard Center on May 11, 2018. Dunlap Sr. died in an auto-pedestrian crash Jan. 22, 2022. File/Staff

NORTH CHARLESTON — The Charleston County Coroner’s office confirmed on Jan. 25 the man killed in a weekend auto-pedestrian crash was Carlos Dunlap Sr., father of Seattle Seahawks and Fort Dorchester High School football star Carlos Dunlap II.

Dunlap Sr. died at a hospital the evening of Jan. 22 after being hit by a vehicle at Ashley Phosphate Road near Rock Street.

Steve LaPrad, Fort Dorchester High School's football coach, wrote on Jan. 25 he would miss the elder Dunlap.

"Carlos will be missed at all of our athletic events,” LaPrad wrote. “He was a great supporter of Fort Dorchester where his children attended. He was a personal friend of mine and I will miss seeing his face at the games. It just won't be the same."

Carlos Dunlap II attended Fort Dorchester before going on to play at the University of Florida. He then went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals before joining the Seahawks in 2020. His father was an avid supporter of his son throughout his career.

"Lord, I just say thanks,” Dunlap Sr. wrote in 2011. “Father, never in my lifetime on Sunday NFL football did I think I would see one of my sons play this game. … I am just rejoicing in your name."

Dunlap Sr. was a bail bondsman in North Charleston and an active community member. He attended a fundraising event for state Rep. Wendell Gilliard about 10 days before he was killed.

“Words can’t describe how I feel but I will say this, he had a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love,” Gilliard wrote in a Facebook post after Dunlap Sr.'s death.

The North Charleston Police Department, the agency investigating the crash, has yet to release an incident report in the case. The person who struck Dunlap stayed at the scene at the time of the crash, according to the department.

Call Olivia Diaz at 843-901-2995. Follow her on Twitter @oliviardiaz.