POMEROY, Oh. — A former standout high school football player in West Virginia is identified as the victim of a murder in Meigs County, Ohio.
The Meigs County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim as Kane Roush, 25, of Pomeroy, Ohio. Authorities say Roush was shot multiple times in the early morning hours Sunday. According to investigators he managed to crawl to another nearby apartment building from his home to get somebody to call for help. Deputies arrived to find him on the ground and still alive. He was able to communicate with Meigs County deputies when they arrived.
“We weren’t just standing over top of him, I don’t want people to think we were doing that, but there were opportunities to talk to him and he spoke to us and that’s kind of crucial to what we’re working on,” said Meigs County, Ohio Sheriff Keith Woods.
Roush died a short time later after being transported to a nearby hospital. An investigation into his death continues.
“It’s a sad situation in our small community when something like this happens. I don’t like seeing this kind of thing coming into our neighborhoods. It’s very discouraging,” Woods shared.
Roush was a standout football player at Wahama High School. He was an All-State First Team selection at running back and the MVP of the Class A State Championship game in Wheeling when the White Falcons won the title in 2012. He would also be named MVP of the North-South All Star game in 2014 helping the South squad to a 46-26 victory.
Roush went on to play college football for several years at the University of Charleston. The U-C Football program tweeted condolences to Roush and his family on Monday.
Extremely saddened by the loss of one of our own. Rest Easy, Kane. pic.twitter.com/NDgwImWzOg
— UC Football (@UCWV_Football) April 5, 2021
“He was a very popular boy with a lot of life to live there. He was working with his father at the concrete company, getting his life going and had done great in school and college. It’s just very, very sad,” said the Sheriff.