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Son of Crash Victim to Speak at Marshall Memorial Serivce

Stephen & Shari Ward, Marshall Memorial

A Kentucky resident whose father was among the victims of the 1970 Marshall University plane crash that killed 75 people will speak at a memorial service.

Stephen Ward will speak on Nov. 14 at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

His father, Parker Ward, was a Marshall booster and owned a Huntington car dealership. He was on the Marshall team plane that was returning from a game at East Carolina when it crashed just short of Tri-State Airport near Huntington on Nov. 14, 1970.

The crash killed 75 people, including 36 football players in the worst sports disaster in U.S. history.

Stephen Ward was 5 at the time of the crash. He now lives in Louisville, Kentucky.