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Oscars: Campaign Urges Nominees, Presenters to Wear Black Pin for 'Midnight Rider' Crewmember

The campaign's logo from Facebook.
The campaign's logo from Facebook.

Supporters are encouraging everyone attending the Academy Awards to don a tribute ribbon for Sarah Jones, who was killed by a freight train during preproduction on the Gregg Allman biopic.

SEE: List of Oscar winners 2014

More than 2,660 people have "liked" a Facebook campaign urging all attendees of the 86th Academy Awards to wear a black pin in tribute to Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was struck and killed by a freight train last week in Georgia. 

The campaign has also started gaining traction on Twitter, using hashtag ‪#ribbonforsarah. Both efforts got underway sometime Thursday. 

STORY: 'Midnight Rider' May Have Been Denied Permission to Shoot on Train Tracks, Suggests Incident Report

Jones, 27, was killed a week ago during preproduction on the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. She died after being hit by a train while shooting on the tracks.

Production of the biopic, which stars William Hurt and is produced by Unclaimed Freight Productions, was put on hold on Wednesday. 

STORY: Movie Crewmember Killed on Georgia Set Identified

Also on Wednesday, an online petition was launched urging the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to add Jones to the Oscars' "In Memoriam" segment during Sunday's show. The Academy hasn't responded publicly. 

Thursday night, The Vampire Diaries paid an emotional tribute to Jones by dedicating its latest episode to her memory. Jones worked on the CW series in 2012. A photograph of Jones was shown as a tribute text scrolled across the screen.  

An investigation into the accident is ongoing. 

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