Weirton community copes with tragedy

WEIRTON, W.Va. — A northern panhandle community is trying to find its way forward after a double-murder leaves them shaken to their foundation.

Police have one person in custody in the killings of Melissa Rowland and her daughter Madison Crowe. Weirton Police detectives are releasing no information about the incident which they confirm was a double-homicide. Both victims were killed around 12:30 p.m. Thursday at their home on Ardmore Avenue in Weirton.

Madison was a sophomore student at Weir High school and a member of the Red Riders’ girls soccer team.

“A very bright young lady and very funny with an infectious laugh,” said Donna Ferguson, Athletic Director at Weir High School. “Just one of those young ladies, no matter what kind of day she was having, always had a positive attitude, always a smile, and always a laugh. Plus a very fierce competitor on the field.”

The team pulled together Thursday as the news reached school. Several counselors were on hand to help students handle and process the news. A student led vigil was held Thursday night at the school to remember Madison, or “Maddy” as she was known to friends and classmates.

Several shared condolences and heartfelt sorrow on social media.

“They have very strong leadership in the team with their seniors and their three coaches. I know they’ll all rally,” said Ferguson.

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