The woman, Tina Tintor, was 23.
“I almost can’t even look at [my parents],” Djordje said Thursday, via USA Today. “Every time I look at them it just breaks my heart.”
Ruggs, Las Vegas police said, was driving down a residential street at 156 miles per hour with his girlfriend around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning when he crashed into Tina Tintor’s car. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Ruggs was arrested and charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving, and was later released by the Raiders. His blood-alcohol level, police said, was at .161 — more than twice the legal limit in Nevada.
Djordje Tintor, 25, said that his family moved to the Las Vegas area in 2000 after leaving Serbia. Now, he said, his parents are just trying to stay out of the spotlight and mourn the loss of their daughter in private.
“It doesn’t feel real,” he said, via USA Today. “It’s like, what are the chances, you know?”
The Tintor family issued a statement on Thursday afternoon through their attorney.
"Tina’s tragic loss has devastated her family beyond a grief they could ever comprehend," the family said in a statement, via USA Today. "Family was everything to Tina, and she was the light of her parents’ life. Tina lived in Las Vegas since she was a baby. She loved her 3-year-old Golden Retriever, Max, who passed alongside her Tuesday morning.
"The Tintor family appreciates privacy as they mourn. May Tina rest in peace.
"No further statements will be made from the family at this time."