The University of Virginia maintains a memorial for shooting victims

The crowd laughed as Elijah Gaines, a cornerback on the team, shared stories about how much Mr. Davis loved his hometown of Ridgeville, SC, “and made it sound like ‘the greatest city in the world.'” Mr. Gaines recalled the time he spotted a “187” tattooed on Mr. Davis’ arm and asked him if that was the Ridgeville area code. “No, that’s my exit,” Mr. Davis said, referring to the freeway exit in that city.

dr Williams, who told her stories from the students’ relatives, described a video of Mr. Chandler as a 10-year-old dancing alone in a parking lot. “His rhythm was suspect, but his confidence was never in question,” she said. Of Mr. Davis, she said he always went to church when he was visiting family and insisted on sitting in the front row despite his 6ft 7 height so he could be sure to hear every word to understand. And Mr. Perry, who donned a red Power Ranger costume for Halloween as a kid, “didn’t take it off until after Thanksgiving.”

The service came at the end of a violent week for the country’s universities. Four University of Idaho students were fatally stabbed in the early hours of November 12 at a home near the school’s campus in the city of Moscow. No suspects were arrested. And on Saturday, New Mexico authorities were investigating the early afternoon murder of a 19-year-old male student on the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.

The service in Charlottesville itself came amid a threatening email related to the event that school officials received around noon. But police said they had introduced increased security measures at the arena and the program continued uninterrupted.

Throughout the week, other University of Virginia sports teams honored the fallen players: The basketball team warmed up with jerseys bearing the surnames of the victims. and the swim and jump teams marked their bodies with the players’ uniform numbers: 1, 15, and 41.

Saturday was supposed to be the football team’s last home game of the season against Coastal Carolina, but the game was canceled on Wednesday. As a show of solidarity, former University of Virginia football coaches who now work at other schools — including Syracuse University’s Robert Anae and Jason Beck, Vanderbilt’s Nick Howell and Boise State’s Kelly Poppinga — appeared on the sidelines of their own games with Virginia football clothes instead of those of their own universities.

In an episode of his weekly podcast that aired Friday night, former Virginia soccer coach Bronco Mendenhall and current Virginia coaches mourned the loss of the team.