Dozens of tea lights flickered on the steps outside Old Cabell Hall at the University of Virginia Monday night. Each was put there by someone mourning the losses of Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr. and D’Sean Perry.
One year ago, a gunman killed the three student-athletes, and wounded two other students. On Monday, students, faculty and staff spent time together remembering the slain young men. They found solace during a moment of silence outside the University Chapel. They embraced each other in Scott Stadium. They signed a banner with messages of love.
And at Old Cabell Hall, they left flowers in front of wreaths bearing each of the players’ jersey numbers: 1, 15, 41.
Lines of students waited to place candles on the steps. Others clung to each other as they sat silently on the Lawn. Hundreds came to pay their respects on the cold, clear night.
“The University is supporting us and helping us deal with this grief,” Rachel Lin, a third-year student, said. “It’s important that we take this time to remember.”