CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WRIC) — Members of the University of Virginia community gathered on campus today for a memorial service honoring the three victims who died and two others who were injured in a deadly shooting on campus Sunday, Nov. 13.
The memorial service began at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville.
Watch the full ceremony below:
The memorial gave the campus community an opportunity to come together to honor the lives of the three students who were killed — Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry — and to send well wishes and support to the two victims who were injured, Mike Hollins and Marlee Morgan.
The event was open to the public for those that are able to attend in Charlottesville.
An hour before the service began, people began arriving at John Paul Jones arena, and thousands of orange ribbons were handed out to attendees.
Before the service, a slideshow of pictures played showing the lives of Chandler, Davis and Perry.
The service consisted of musical selections, a student reading and reflections from university figureheads, including UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams, UVA Head Football Coach Tony Elliot and UVA President Jim Ryan.
Student leaders previously put together a silent vigil on Monday, Nov. 14, which was attended by hundreds. Students have also spent the week leaving flowers, notes and tributes across campus, including at Scott Stadium and Beta Bridge.
The first musical performance of the memorial service was performed by the MLK Community Choir, who sang “Total Praise” to an arena that was about three-quarters full. Attendees stood up as the families of all five victims entered and took their seats. The university’s football team sat directly behind the victims’ families.
Watch a clip below as the ceremony began. Video credit: Allie Barefoot.
The service closed with a moment of silence. Bracelets worn by attendees that light up with UVA school colors can be seen as the arena lights darkened, marking the service’s conclusion. Video credit: Allie Barefoot.
Check up on previous UVA coverage here:
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- ‘I thought he was going to shoot me too’: Student on bus tells her story of the UVA shooting
- The history of Christopher Darnell Jones, Jr., accused of UVA mass shooting
- Charlottesville community mourns the loss of three University of Virginia football players killed in shooting
- UVA announces accommodations for students, staff in wake of deadly shooting
- Public statements on the University of Virginia deadly shooting: 3 students killed, 2 more injured