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Football players sing “Lean on Me” in tribute to Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips

Auburn University students held a candlelight prayer vigil on Samford Lawn Thursday night in memory of slain Auburn students Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips, both former Auburn football players.

AU Women's Basketball player Peyton Davis speaks at Thursday night's vigil on Samford Lawn.

Several student-athletes spoke at a podium atop of a temporary stage in front of Samford Hall.  Families of the victims and members of the athletic department were seated in front of the stage, while Auburn students and members of the community gathered behind them.

SGA President Owen Parrish spoke first, followed by Auburn wide receiver Travante Stallworth, women’s basketball players Peyton Davis and Camille Glymph, linebacker Daren Bates and former softball player Morgan Murphy.

Eric Mack, who was injured in Saturday’s shooting that claimed the lives of Christian and Phillips, and Blanche Alverson commenced the candle lighting during which a letter from Ladarious Phillips’ mother was read.

The vigil ended with members of the Auburn football team singing a somber version “Lean On Me,” and a closing prayer.

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