Friday, February 1, 2008

Condolences to a devout 49ers fan

Late Friday evening, I read the story on of the 20-year-old UNC Charlotte student, Simrit Gill, who was killed earlier in the day, found in the home she shared with her husband at the Mission Mallard Creek Apartments.

Only later I found out Simrit is the sister of Mandeep Gill, a recent Charlotte graduate and frequent poster on, a Web site for fans of Charlotte 49er athletics.

Mandeep was one of the first to start up conversations with me when I began covering the 49ers beat fulltime in 2005 and he typically comes by to say hello at home games when in attendance. He once told me he didn't accept a friend request from me on Facebook because he didn't want the media to know everything about him. Can't say that I blame him.

Mandeep was home late Friday to be with his family in Mooresville but took a moment to stop by to thank friends for their prayers and support.

Saturday is homecoming at Halton Arena, and although I'm not positive, I believe Mandeep was planning to attend, complete with his usual green and white painted face and "Cat in the Hat"-style hat. I don't know if Mandeep will be in attendance, but if not, I'm sure it would be a welcome gesture if the student section where he usually can be found would step up their fervor another notch on Saturday to make up for his absent voice.

And say a prayer for him and his family. It's the least we can do.


metro said...

no words words
god bless you and your family

Dustin Foley said...

My condolences and prayers go out to you, Gill. All of Niner Nation is behind you as well. God bless you as you go through this.

Ninerballin said...

My heart dropped when I read this... Tears fill my eyes as I write, Man, seriously I don't know what to say, I've never been through something like this. You have been there to brigthen our spirits day by day, and i only hope we can do something to help in this time.

My condolences and I wish you and your family the best,
In my Prayers
Much Love

Ninerballin, Chris

Joshua said...
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Joshua said...


My thoughts and prayers are going out to you and your family through this rough time in your lives. If you need anything man just let me know.


Anonymous said...

I want to tell you that our prayers go to you and your family after this tragedy. I hope you can make it to the game. If you can not my family and I will certainly understand. The entire UNCC family feels your loss and will be behind you during this time of healing and mourning. God bless.

Alex (TF) said...

I am so sorry to hear about this. You're in my thoughts through this time; I hope that through determination and faith your family can get through this. Niner Nation is there for you.

(L4L) said...


My familys thoughts & prayers are with you.. NINER NATION is there also if you need anything.. Just keep your head up..

God Bless...

Johnny (L4L)

Anonymous said...

We would like to extend our sincerest condolences and heartfelt prayers for Simrit, Mandeep, their parents, family and friends. The Demetrious Family

HP49er said...

Gill, words do not come easily at times like these. Be assured that all of us are here for you at this difficult time. Our condolences and prayers go out to you and your family.

We will be thinking of you today.


NLP said...


I just wanted to extend my condolences for you and your family. We all have such a high opinion that it rips at the heart to think of what you're going through right now. We're here for you in any way that you may need.

Good bless,

Kyle (NLP)

ChampNiner said...


I read the story a few days ago and thought about how awful it was that something of this nature happen to anyone, let alone a 49er. As I read now about the connection to you, a person I know only through your postings on NN.N, I am nearly brought to tears. I hope you can find peace through this difficult time.

NinerATL2CHA said...

I am very sorry to hear this terrible news. I will be praying for you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jim, guys.

Thank you for the kind thoughts and prayers, they really mean alot and help us get through this tough time.

-Gill and Family