Many organizations and institutions lept to create a net of support following the deaths of three University of Virginia football players Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry and the tragic events of November 13th injuring two others including running back, Mike Hollins. Universities throughout the commonwealth of Virginia, including Liberty University, William and Mary, James Madision University, and many others, honored the lives of these precious students and showed their solidarity with the University of Virginia community.
Virginia Tech’s students, faculty, staff, and community displayed their support through the “#HokiesForHoos” movement that rapidly spread across their campus. This hashtag appeared on banners and even the shirts of the women’s basketball team. Some universities including Washington and Lee held a candlelight vigil while others lit
buildings in orange and blue lights.
While others gathered off-Grounds, the University of Virginia community began arrangements for an official memorial on-Grounds as well as other remembrance assemblies. On the night of Monday, November 14th, thousands attended a candlelight vigil held on the South Lawn. This beautiful tribute was shared by President Jim Ryan with the caption “Light in darkness. Thanks to our students for lighting the way.”
Students gathered to sing the Good Old Song at the student entrance of Scott Stadium on Saturday, Novermber 19th. Lead by Michael Slon, director of USingers and Chamber Singers, this mass of students honored the victims.