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1 killed, 1 injured in massive explosion at NFL star’s home

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August 22, 2023

A massive explosion at NFL cornerback Caleb Farley’s home left one person dead and another injured late Monday, authorities said.

The explosion took place just before midnight in Mooresville, N.C., according to Director of Fire Services and Emergency Management for Iredell Kent Greene, Fox 8 reported.

Farley’s dad, Robert Matthews Farley, 61, was killed in the explosion. The injured individual – whose identity has not been released – was transported to Atrium Health CMC for medical care.

The Tennessee Titans player was spotted speaking with authorities after the explosion, ABC News reported. According to Greene, Caleb Farley was not at home when the explosion occurred.  

“What’s most important is that we do everything that we can to support him, emotionally, teammates, coaches, organization,” Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said in a statement. “Just shocking. But also, (we have) to focus on Caleb (Farley) and his family and what we can do to support them and be here for them.”

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Derrick Henry, a running back, said he recently spent time with Farley.

“I’m just praying for Caleb,” Henry said. “We were probably the last ones in the locker room last night, just hanging around. I just found out the news, and we’ll keep him in our prayers and we all send our condolences to him and his family. It’s a tragic situation. I don’t want to speak too much on it, because I don’t know the details. I just couldn’t describe the way he’s probably feeling right now.”

Outside linebacker Harold Landry also offered his support for Farley, who lost his mother to breast cancer in 2018.

“I’ll reach out to him. I couldn’t imagine that happening,” Landry said. “I feel for him obviously and he’ll be in my prayers. You just feel for him.”

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.