Liberty University to join Virginia Tech, honor slain Va. journalists at football game

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - Liberty University football players will don helmets Saturday night with the initials of two television journalists slain during a live telecast one week ago.

The athletics department at the Lynchburg university says players will wear decals on their helmets in honor of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. The two were fatally gunned down Aug. 26 during a televised interview in Moneta.

Parker was a reporter and Ward a cameraman for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke. They were killed by a former co-worker who later turned the weapon on himself.

Liberty's players will wear decals with maroon and teal ribbons, representing the journalists' favorite colors. The decal will also feature the No. 7, representing WDBJ-TV.

Liberty's home opener is against Delaware State. It's a night game.

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