Virginia Tech football to honor WDBJ shooting victims

wdbj tech helmetVirginia Tech Athletics will honor the memory of two WDBJ journalists who were tragically killed in a shooting last week at the Hokies’ home football opener with #1 Ohio State on Labor Day night.

The Virginia Tech football squad will wear special helmet stickers that features the number 7 and teal and maroon ribbons, along with the initials of victims Alison Park and Adam Ward.

Teal was Parker’s favorite color, while the maroon ribbon represents Ward, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2011.

The Tech athletics department already honored the victims at sporting events this past weekend. A moment of silence was held at the volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer matches, and teal and maroon ribbons were handed out to fans at Tech athletics events this weekend.

Scholarships have been established through both victims’ alma maters. Parker is a Martinsville High School graduate, a 2010 graduate of Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, and a 2012 graduate of James Madison University. Ward graduated from nearby Salem High School in Salem, Virginia, in 2007 before enrolling at Tech and earning his degree in communication.

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