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UVA Football Fans Show Support for Victims of Pittsburgh Shooting

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UVA alumni handed out stickers to show support for Pittsburgh UVA alumni handed out stickers to show support for Pittsburgh
The alumni association broke with tradition on Friday, Nov. 2 The alumni association broke with tradition on Friday, Nov. 2
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

It was a huge football night in Charlottesville as the Cavaliers played host to Pittsburgh.

The rainy weather didn't stop University of Virginia fans from coming out to Scott Stadium on Friday, November 2.

While they’re rooting for another Virginia victory, fans are also helping honor the victims of the recent shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Friday night before kickoff, UVA fans broke a nearly decade-long tradition to pay tribute and honor the 11 people killed by a gunman at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

"It is a tradition broken, but it’s a tradition continued in the same vein because we’re all about supporting others and doing what we can for the community,” Quinn Gomola Mullen, a UVA alumnus, said.

Rather than hand out a traditional pregame button for UVA fans that usually has a slogan on it against the opposing team, the UVA Alumni Association decided to instead spread a message of support for the Pittsburgh community by passing out stickers that read “We Stand with Pittsburgh.”

"In light of the tragedy in Pittsburgh and the fact that we're playing Pittsburgh, we felt like it wasn't appropriate and we wanted to do something to show our support for the city and the university,” Pattie Daves of the UVA Alumni Association said.

On Saturday, October 27, 11 people lost their lives following a deadly shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

"Traditions are huge here at UVA obviously, the pins have been a really fun one, but I think this was the perfect time to show others that it’s not always about the competition,” Mullen said. “It’s about being together and recognizing our similarities instead of our differences.”

UVA fans say the game isn't so much about a win, but about showing the city of Pittsburgh that the Charlottesville community stands with them.

“I think it’s really important for us to remember the sacrifices that everybody made and how the community is coming together, too,” Mullen said. “Even though we have a game on the field and they're an opponent, we are together and behind them and supporting the city.”

Fans also had the chance to sign a card with supportive messages that will be sent to Tree of Life Synagogue.