W&J students honor slain classmate with bracelet in his honor

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BUTLER, Pa. —

The funeral for a Washington and Jefferson College student who police said was attacked and robbed last week off-campus was held Tuesday morning.

Investigators said Tim McNerney was walking home from a bar early Thursday when he was killed.

McNerney's funeral was held in his hometown of Butler at Holy Sepulcher Church.

"I have a voice mail from him that I played for the team right before we went out to play on Saturday," Washington and Jefferson College Head Coach Mike Sirianni said. "It's his voice from last November, and he said how much he loved W and J football, how much he loved his teammates and how much he loved everyone. The last thing you heard was, 'I love you coach. I love everyone.'"

Hundreds of teammates, both past and present, attended Tuesday's service.

"It's just weird not being able to see him every day. It's still so surreal to me right now," McNerney's teammate, Deandre Simmons, said.

Washington and Jefferson students ordered bracelets in McNerney's memory. On one side, the bracelets read, "Rest In Peace #5" and also have McNerney's intials. On the other side they read, "Stop The Violence" and the date he was murdered.

The first order of 1,600 bracelets at $3 each sold out in less than one day.

"The bracelets came about as a number of student organizations, as well as the football team, wanted to send out the message to stop the violence, and most importantly remember Tim," student Katelyn Vannoy said. "I know for a lot of people, it's been very hard."

All of the money raised from the bracelets is going to the McNerneyfamily, and they're looking into creating a scholarship in his name.

Students told Channel 11 News they're also planning a "Take Back the Streets" march to draw more attention to the violence.

Police said they may release surveillance video tied to the case, though they have not said what the video shows.

The Washington Police Department said it's also increasing patrols in the area after a suspicious person was seen on campus.