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Vigil held honoring late Woodrow Wilson basketball player

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Members of the Beckley and Woodrow Wilson High School communities came together Wednesday for a vigil honoring Dwayne Richardson.

Dwayne Richardson

The event took place three days after Richardson, 18, died from a gunshot wound in a Terrill Street incident. Richardson played on the high school’s basketball team, and the shooting happened days before the team’s first game in the state boy’s high school basketball tournament.

“I’m very thankful for this last year,” Richardson’s mother Keyisha Richardson said. “All of his dreams came true. I mean, everything single thing that he asked for. I don’t know if I was just in a giving mood.”

Beckley police announced Wednesday that Jeriamyah Jacob Fortner, 20, of Beckley, turned himself in for Richardson’s death. Police said Fortner inadvertently shot Richardson while handling an AR-15 rifle.

Woodrow Wilson High School’s first game is against Morgantown High School. Game time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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