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Virginia Cavaliers to honor 3 football players killed in 2022 school shooting

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Virginia Cavaliers to honor 3 football players killed in 2022 school shooting

The Virginia Cavaliers football program is set to honor three players who were killed in the 2022 campus shooting during a pre-game ceremony ahead of the team’s home opener against James University Madison on Saturday.

The “UVA Strong” game, as it was named, will pay tribute to D’Sean Perry, Lavel Davis Jr. and Devin Chandler, who lost their lives after former UVA football player Christopher Jones Jr. allegedly opened the fire on a returning charter bus. back to campus after a trip to Washington, D.C.

This is Virginia’s first home game at Scott Stadium since Nov. 12, 2022, a day before the players were killed while two others were injured in the shootout.

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Virginia logo on the field

The Virginia Cavaliers football program is set to honor three players who were killed in the 2022 campus shooting during a pre-game ceremony ahead of the team’s home opener against James University Madison on Saturday. (Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images/File)

UVA has announced that the first 35,000 fans to enter Scott Stadium for the game against the Dukes will receive an “Orange Out” t-shirt with “UVA Strong” written on it.

The pre-match ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., one hour after the doors open. All fans, whether or not wearing a t-shirt at the gate, are encouraged to wear orange.

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Virginia Football posted a short clip to its social media platforms to promote the game, showing the numbers 1, 15 and 41 to represent the three players. Davis Jr. wore #1, Chandler #15, and Perry #41.

It also looks like at least one end zone will carry “UVA Strong” along with player names and numbers during the game.

Family members and friends of Davis Jr., Perry and Chandler will be part of the Cavaliers’ traditional “Wahoo Walk” as they arrive at Scott Stadium for the game with fans waiting to cheer them on.

Virginia football players carry their flag

Darren Klein #37 leads the Virginia Cavaliers down the field before a game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Scott Stadium on October 23, 2021, in Charlottesville, Va. (Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

Chandler and Davis Jr. were wide receivers for the Cavaliers. Chandler played two seasons with the Wisconsin Badgers before moving to Virginia for his junior season. He never got to play with Virginia last season.

Davis Jr. played in eight games as a senior last season, catching 16 receptions for 371 yards with two touchdowns.

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Perry played three seasons with the Cavaliers as a linebacker, making nine tackles and recording one sack with a pick of six in eight games.

Jones was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, five counts of using a firearm in a first misdemeanor and two counts of intentional injury. He is expected to appear before a grand jury next month.

Virginia helmet

Virginia Football posted a short clip to its social media platforms to promote the game, showing the numbers 1, 15 and 41 to represent the three players. (Lee Coleman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images/File)

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The Cavaliers went 3-7 overall last season before canceling the remaining games on their schedule after the shootout.

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