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Devon Walker draws support from Tulane, Ole Miss fans alike

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New Orleans, La. -- Tulane football fans packed the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to play the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday.  This was not just a football game -- it was also a tribute to player Devon Walker.

A picture of the Tulane senior safety lit up the scoreboard.  As the Tulane University Band took center field, the fans packed the stands in a sea of white.

"It just breaks my heart.  I just pray for him and his family.  It's just a horrible tragedy," says Tulane fan Charlene Liles.

Just weeks ago, Walker suffered a spinal injury in at Chapman Stadium in Tulsa.  To show their support for their first game back inside the Dome, fans wore white shirts with Devon's number 18.

"We have children, football players, so it got to our heart.  We just wanted to support him, so we bought the t-shirt," says Ole Miss fan Linda Ladner of Pass Christian, Miss.

Many players' parents offered well-wishes and prayers.  "There's no describing the courage those boys have to get back on that field. He's a strong kid, as all of them are, and it's affected them but I think it's making them stronger," says Kerry Lauricella, whose son plays for Tulane.

Members of the Ole Miss team also showed their support by wearing Devon Walker's number on the back of their helmets.

The outpouring of support for an injured Tulane football player and his family continues to grow.  A number of local businesses and other supporters are planning a fundraiser for Walker. 

The fundraiser will begin at 8:00 p.m. next Thursday at Mardi Gras World, on the East Bank by the Convention Center. A $20 minimum donation will be requested at the door and the event will offer food from New Orleans restaurants and entertainment by local performers.  100 percent of the cash donations will go to the Devon Walker fund.

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