MORGANTOWN — Dwayne Richardson, 18, was shot and killed in Beckley late Sunday night, according to the Beckley Police Department.
Richardson was a senior on the Woodrow Wilson boys’ basketball team, which is scheduled to face Morgantown on Thursday in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals.
He averaged 8.6 points per game this season as a spot-starter and was otherwise the sixth man for the No. 8-seed Flying Eagles.
According to Woodrow Wilson head coach Ron Kidd, follow a players’ meeting Monday, the team agreed it still wanted to play in the state tournament.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the Woodrow Wilson basketball family this morning,” Morgantown coach Dave Tallman tweeted. “We are very close with the Beckley basketball family off the court and our hearts are bleeding for them this morning. Prayers to all of our Woodrow Wilson friends. Many prayers for the family.”
Police said they have a person of interest but are asking the public for help and are asked to call Crime Stoppers of West Virginia via their free P3 Tips app or Detective Cpl. Joe Stewart at 304-256-1708.
The game between the Mohigans and Flying Eagles is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Charleston.