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Major memorial cross turnout at ASU football game

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Fans of all ages sported the memorial cross at Arkansas State University's football game Saturday to honor Markel Owens and Barry Weyer, Jr.

“We're wearing the crosses to support our team and their fallen teammates," ASU alumnus Charlotte Razer said. "And we all felt as the quote from Ronald Reagan, ‘It's freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.'”

Razer said she was happy that so many other fans decided to wear the shirts, too.

“It's a memorial for those kids," Razer said. "They thought the world of them and they're gone now, far too early.”

One fan said her family had to wait in line for three hours to get their shirts, but it was worth it.

"It was chaos," ASU fan Gwyna Bond said. "Everyone was trying to get the shirt. I'm glad I get to honor them, wear the shirt and go to my first football game.”

Many fans said the long lines show how many people believe in this.

“I love them," ASU fan Anne Banks said. “It's a memorial and all of us wearing them around here, it's a good cause.”

Earlier this week, ASU said the players may voluntarily wear the crosses on their helmets. However, the players did not wear them at Saturday's game. 

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