Virginia’s Year in Review: Part I

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — There are many stories that had people talking in 2015. One story in particular was the continuing coverage of the murder of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

In March, prosecutors charged Jesse Matthew with her murder. He was also charged with the 2009 disappearance and murder of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. In October, a judge sentenced Matthew to life in prison for the brutal rape of a third woman in Fairfax County.

There was shock and horror in Roanoke, Virginia, as journalists Alison Parker and Adam ward were gunned down on live TV. The journalists were working early one August morning when a disgruntled, former co-worker approached them and started shooting. A third person was also shot, but survived. Both Alison Parker and Adam Ward received posthumous Emmy awards.

In September, the world came to Richmond for the big UCI bike race. 450,000 people were projected to visit Richmond, with competitors from 70 plus countries. Once the bikes rolled out after the nine day event, organizers called it a huge success

Popular on WRIC.com, King Dominion’s announcement that the Shockwave Rollercoaster would retire after 29 YEARS. 22 million people rode the coaster over its life time. Park officials say replacing the Shockwave will be a tough feat.

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