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Almost a thousand mourners turned out in Buena Vista yesterday to remember six young people who died Saturday.
A group funeral was held for six of the seven victims of one of the worst car wrecks in Western Virginia's history.

Joe Dashiell has more.
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[IN Q=One casket would have been]
[SUPER=03-Buena Vista; :00]
[SUPER=01-Peggy Grow/Family Friend; :18]
[SUPER=01-Pete Robey/City Attorney; :24]
[SUPER=01-W. A. Mills/Buena Vista Minister; :56]
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[OUT Q=JD News 7 Buena Vista]


((One casket would have been painful enough, but six were carried from the Pentacostal Holiness Church to six waiting hearses.
In the close-knit community, the deaths of so many in a single accident... have touched almost everyone. An estimated 900 mourners grieved with the families..
[SOT UB 14:33:11]
[IN Q=We can't feel what they're feeling]

((PEGGY GROW/FAMILY FRIEND: WE CAN'T FEEL WHAT THEY'RE FEELING, BUT WE CAN JUST HOPE IT NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN.)) ((PETE ROBEY/CITY ATTORNEY: THE IMMENSITY OF THE LOSS HAS JUST BEEN ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COMPREHEND, IT REALLY HAS. I DON'T KNOW WHEN IT'S GOING TO SINK IN, BUT IT'S BEEN ENORMOUS.)) [RUNS:20]
[OUT Q=been enormous.]


25- year -old Kevin Chittum, and his 19- year- old fiancee Whitney Rogers, 13- year- old Bridget Chittum, 13- year- old Joshua and 10- year- old Jonathan Conner, and 11- year -old Sheena Miskovsky... were all remembered for their youth and vitality... the joy they brought to their own lives and to others.
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[IN Q=I do know the days to come]

((W.A. MILLS/BUENA VISTA MINISTER: I DO KNOW THE DAYS TO COME WILL BE VERY TRYING FOR THE FAMILY AS WELL, AND I DO KNOW THEY WOULD APPRECIATE THE CONTINUED PRAYERS AND INTERCESSIONS OF THE COMMUNITY.)) [RUNS:13]
[OUT Q=trying for the family as well.]


The funeral procession stretched from the church through the city to the cemetery hillside where six young people were buried side by side.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Buena Vista))

[7E-Mill-Mountain]


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It was a red reminder for two years, and now Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants the Mill Mountain Star to send a message again.
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Last night, MADD rallied at the star to collect signatures for a petition to change the star back to a symbol of awareness.
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[IN Q= What more perfect]

((TOM ALTMAN/MADD: YOUNGER CHILDREN ASK WHY IS THE STAR RED AND IT GIVES THE PARENTS THE CHANCE TO EXPLAIN THAT SOMEONE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE AND DROVE WHILE THEY WERE INTOXICATED AND CAUSED A TRAGEDY. AND THE STAR BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE AND HEIGHT IT JUST MAKES A WONDERFUL AWARENESS TOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Altman/MADD]
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[OUT Q=wonderful awareness tool.]
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Two years ago Roanoke City council decided to turn the star red after a drug or alcohol related fatality.
Last month, at the urging of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee, Council ended the program.
MADD needs about five-thousand signatures for council to reconsider its decision.
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There's no new evidence, and so a Bedford County man who killed his wife and baby son will die for his crimes.
Kenneth Stewart lost an appeal in Federal Appeals Court in Richmond.
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He came close to being executed a couple of years ago for the murder of his wife Cynthia and his six-month-old son.

He won a stay so he could pursue more appeals, focusing on psychiatric testimony and jury instructions.
But in an opinion made public yesterday, the Fourth Circuit said Stewart has failed to come up with any new evidence regarding his mental state at the time of the murders.
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Taking a look now at your Friday forecast.. A few degrees cooler today under partly sunny skies. Highs will be in the mid-to upper-80's.
Clear sailing overnight, with some light winds keeping things comfortable. Lows in the low- to mid-60's.
The extended outlook..

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[7BIRTHDAYS!] 7/11/98
Saturday:

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A six year murder mystery in Henry County appears to have been solved.
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29-year old David (De-SHAY-zoh) Deshazo is charged with first degree murder in the death of Jerry McClendon.
The NAVY shipman was suffocated at his home near the Little Creek Naval Base in Virginia Beach in 19-92.
His decomposed body was found weeks later in a wooded area in southern Henry County.
Authorities say Deshazo moved the body from Virginia Beach using a U-haul truck.
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The Henry County Sheriff's Office says clues uncovered just recently allowed them to make the arrest in this six-year old murder case.
Deshazo is being held in a Virginia Beach jail without bond.
Authorities say an arrest is pending for a female co-conspirator.





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Bedford County's new school superintendent says expect a new style from him and his administration.
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Doctor James Blevins left Nottoway County to replace John Kent as the head of the ten- thousand student Bedford school system.
Blevins says he wants to re-open the lines of communication between students, parents and teachers.
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((JAMES BLEVINS/BEDFORD CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: THE MOST IMPORTANT COMMODITY THAT WE'RE DEALING WITH IN BEDFORD COUNTY, THE MOST IMPORTANT RESOURCE IS THE YOUNG PEOPLE. AND WE HAVE TO STRENGTHEN THOSE GOALS AND THE PEOPLE OF THE COMMUNITY HAS TO BELIEVE THAT WE'RE DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THE STUDENTS AND THAT OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IS SOUND.))
[SUPER=01-James Blevins/Bedford Co. Superintendent; :00]
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[OUT Q=system is sound.]
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Blevins had his first official meeting with the county school board last night.
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[45E-Cornwell]


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Hundreds of Patricia Cornwell fans waiting in long lines for hours last night for a chance to meet the mystery writier in person.
Cornwell made a stop in Lynchburg to promote her lasted novel.
Steve Smallshaw has details.
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[SUPER=01-George Flanik/Cornwell Fan; :41]
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(( The line began forming at four p-m.. and by seven it stretched nearly the entire length of the mall.
Inside the store, Patricia Cornwell's fans were snapping up her latest forensic thriller "Point of Origin".
To a person, they all felt it was worth the wait.
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((Reporter: How long are you willing to wait? HOPE TRACHTENBERG- FIFER: UNTIL I HAVE TO GO TO THE BATHROOM VERY, VERY, VERY BADLY.)) [RUNS:08]
[OUT Q=very very badly.]
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((The line was so long, one man joked you could read Patricia Cornwell's new novel from cover to cover and be finished by the time you got to the front. So why would someone spend so much time here? Cornwell's fans say that's no mystery.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=no mystery.]
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((LORI SHUFFLEBARGER/CORNWELL FAN: JUST THE FORENSIC DETAIL OF IT ALL, THEY'RE VERY WELL- CRAFTED STORIES, THEY'RE VERY WELL- WRITTEN, AND THEY'RE FUN.)) [RUNS:07]
[OUT Q=they're fun.]
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[IN Q=I have kind]

((GEORGE FLANIK/CORNWELL FAN: I HAVE KIND OF BURNED OUT ON TOM CLANCY BOOKS, AND PATRICIA CORNWELL, FROM INTERVIEWS I'VE SEEN OF HER, SEEMS TO BE THAT SAME KIND OF WRITER, SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, THIS IS MY FIRST BOOK OF HERS.)) [RUNS:12]
[OUT Q=book of hers.]
[natsot applause]

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Cornwell arrived shortly after seven and spent the next few hours burning up the Sharpies for her faithful fans.
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[IN Q=It's amazing to]

((PATRICIA CORNWELL/NOVELIST: IT'S AMAZING TO ME THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WILL COME OUT AND STAND IN LINE TO SEE ME. I'M SO APPRECIATIVE OF IT AND I ALWAYS THINK I BETTER WORK REAL HARD TO KEEP WRITING GOOD BOOKS OR THEY'LL BE REAL MAD AT ME.)) [RUNS:10]
[OUT Q=mad at me.]


No angry faces here.. but "Point of Origin" could make for some tired eyes at work in the morning.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))

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Turning our focus now to weather--
Partly sunny skies today, with highs in the mid to upper 80s.
Mostly clear tonight, with light winds.
Lows in the low to mid 60s.
The weekend outlook stays mostly sunny, with highs in the mid to upper 80s...
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A joint burial was held in Buena Vista yesterday for the six people killed in a car crash on I- 81 July fourth.
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Several hundred mourners crowded into the Pentecostal Holiness Church for the joint funeral service.
With so many victims, the accident has touched the lives of many Rockbridge County residents.
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((IT'S JUST SHOOK UP EVERYBODY. IT'S JUST HIT HOME SO CLOSE. I THINK TOO IT WAS YOUNG PEOPLE. OF COURSE THEY ALL WERE YOUNG AND I THINK WHEN ANYHTING HAPPENS TO YOUNG PEOPLE, I THINK YOU KNOW WE'RE ALL JUST SO HURT BY IT.))
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[OUT Q=so hurt by it.]
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The funeral procession stretched from the church to a scenic hillside where the six young people were buried side by side.
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The accident claimed the life of a seventh victim, 59- year- old truck driver Jerry Gregory.
He was buried Wednesday near his home in Augusta County.


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A RED Mill Mountain Star used to symbolize a fatal drug or alcohol- related accident.
Now Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants its symbol back.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]

Last night, MADD rallied at the star to collect signatures for a petition to change the star back to a symbol of awareness.
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[SOT 19.10.50]
[IN Q= What more perfect]

((TOM ALTMAN/MADD: YOUNGER CHILDREN ASK WHY IS THE STAR RED AND IT GIVES THE PARENTS THE CHANCE TO EXPLAIN THAT SOMEONE WAS IRRESPONSIBLE AND DROVE WHILE THEY WERE INTOXICATED AND CAUSED A TRAGEDY. AND THE STAR BECAUSE OF ITS SIZE AND HEIGHT IT JUST MAKES A WONDERFUL AWARENESS TOOL.))
[SUPER=01-Tom Altman/MADD]
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[OUT Q=wonderful awareness tool.]
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Two years ago Roanoke City council decided to turn the star red after a drug or alcohol related fatality.
Last month, at the urging of the Mill Mountain Advisory Committee, Council ended the program.
MADD needs about five-thousand signatures for council to reconsider its decision.
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A Bedford county man lost his federal appeal, now he'll die for murdering his wife and baby son.
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[SUPER=03-Bedford/May, 1992]


Kenneth Stewart came close to being executed a couple of years ago for the murder of his wife Cynthia and his six-month-old son.
He won a stay so he could pursue more appeals, focusing on psychiatric testimony and jury instructions.
But in an opinion made public yesterday, the Fourth Circuit said Stewart has failed to come up with any new evidence regarding his mental state at the time of the murders.
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[8E-Stonewall-Hospital]


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There's an effort under way in Lexington to preserve an important piece of women's history.
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It's now a museum, but about 90 years ago, Stonewall Hospital first opened its doors to serve local residents.
It was one of the few operations of its kind run mainly by women.
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[IN Q=The administrator of]

((PROF. TED DELANEY: THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THIS HOSPITAL WAS A WOMAN FOR MOST OF THE YEARS. THE TREASURER WAS A WOMAN WHO MADE ALL THE FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS AND MOST OF THE STAFF WAS FEMALE--THE X-RAY TECHNICIAN, THE LAB TECHNICIAN, ETC. SO, THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN IN THIS IS REALLY VERY PROFOUND.))
[SUPER=01-Prof. Ted Delaney/Washington and Lee Univ.]
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[OUT Q=really, very profound.]
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The hospital closed in 19-53.
Delaney and others at the Stonewall Museum have been gathering old pictures and records from the hospital's past.


Delaney plans to write an article.
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Before we wrap up things this morning-- take another look at your Friday forecast.
Partly sunny skies today, with highs in the upper 80s.
Mostly clear overnight, with lows cooling into the lower 60s.
As for the next four days, dry weather will continue, along with lots of sunshine.
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