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One year later: Linfield remembers Parker Moore

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MCMINNVILLE, OR (KPTV) -

November 15 marks one year since 20-year-old sophomore Parker Moore, a linebacker at Linfield College, was killed near campus.

Moore was an innocent by-stander when he was stabbed to death while in line at a 7-11 that was near his dorm.

"It was something you didn't want to run from and hide from, it was something we wanted to meet full-on and try to work through," said Linfield coach Joseph Smith.

Moore’s tragic death rocked everyone in the program and continues to send seismic waves through the McMinnville community.

Each year, one Linfield defender will honor Moore by wearing his number 35 jersey.

The first player with the honor was Moore’s friend Kyle Chandler.

"It's a huge honor, it's really humbling. It's something I wish I didn't have to do. I would still just rather be wearing #9 and he was still #35,” said Chandler.

The Wildcats, ranked second in the country, are going for the Division III playoff championship in Moore's name.

Linfield beat the University of Puget Sound 72-3 Friday to win their seventh consecutive Northwest Conference Championship, which gives the team an automatic spot in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

This Saturday, Linfield will play their last regular season game against Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

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