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Monday funeral in Atlanta for Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson

Manuel Orrego-Savala, charged with two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident, a Level 3 felony, and two counts tied to drunken driving death, a Level 4 felony, walks out of the courtroom at the City-County Building on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Indianapolis. Investigators said Orrego-Savala was driving the pickup truck that hit Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, while the men were standing outside Monroe's car early Sunday along Interstate 70. (Mykal McEldowney/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

Manuel Orrego-Savala, charged with two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an accident, a Level 3 felony, and two counts tied to drunken driving death, a Level 4 felony, walks out of the courtroom at the City-County Building on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Indianapolis. Investigators said Orrego-Savala was driving the pickup truck that hit Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver, 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe, while the men were standing outside Monroe's car early Sunday along Interstate 70. (Mykal McEldowney/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

ATLANTA — Funeral services have been arranged for Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson, who was killed with his Uber driver when authorities say a drunken driver living illegally in the U.S. struck them along a highway.

Jackson's funeral will be held Monday at Big Bethel AME Church in his hometown of Atlanta. The 26-year-old Jackson's family says the Colts and the NFL "have lost a young and rising star — one who truly loved the game of football, and played it with a passion."

Jackson and 54-year-old-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon, Indiana, were killed Sunday when authorities say they were struck by 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala along Interstate 70 in Indianapolis. Monroe's funeral will be Friday in Indianapolis.

Authorities say Orrego-Savala was drunk when he hit the victims and he doesn't have a license. He was charged Wednesday with four felony counts.

Edwin Jackson's family says those wishing to honour his life can contributie to the Edwin Jackson 53 Foundation, which Jackson started to empower athletes and youth _ www.EdwinJackson53.com.

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