Charleston Catholic High School basketball players before Wednesday’s game. (Teran Malone / WVMetroNews.com)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Before the Charleston Catholic High School boys’ basketball team began Wednesday’s Class AA quarterfinal game against Ritchie County High School, players paid tribute to two West Virginia athletes died last month.
Charleston Catholic players wore t-shirts during warm-ups in honor of Capital High School student KJ Taylor and Beckley Woodrow Wilson High School student Dwayne Richardson. Taylor was shot dead on the west side of Charleston on April 7, and Richardson died in a shootout in Beckley on Sunday.
Taylor and Richardson both played on their respective school basketball teams.
“It’s difficult for everyone. It is difficult for the whole state. It’s tough for these guys here, ”Charleston Catholic head coach Hunter Moles said after the game. “Some of our guys grew up with KJ. It’s just hard for them.”
Moles added that the t-shirts were the least his team could do to honor Taylor and Richardson.
“You don’t have to post everything on social media,” he said. “I think at the end of the day they know what you care about and how you care.”
Charleston Catholic won Wednesday’s game 68-58.