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Lee County teen remembered on the anniversary of his death

February 14, 2006

Albany- One year ago Tuesday night a Lee County Sheriff's Deputy pulled over 17-year old Wesley Beaver after an attempted burglary at a pawn shop. As Captain Donnie Spillers approached Beaver's truck, the deputy shot the teenager in the face. Beaver died hours later.

It's been one year since the shot that killed Wesley Beaver was fired by Lee County Sheriff's Captain Donnie Spillers, but the grief remains fresh.

"It seems like a week ago, even extended family members, we just, it's like we've been in a fog for a year and somehow lost the time," said Laurie Beaver, Wesley's Mother.

"You haven't even had time to look back, because you still live it every day, and like she said it don't seem like it's been a year, it actually seems like it's been a week," said Rodger Beaver, Wesley's Father.

Tuesday night, friends honored Beaver with his favorite past time, a game of pool on his favorite table, number eight at Break Time.

"I really wanted to sit at home and cry all day, but I mean I had to do this for friends and family," said event organizer Beth Wilson.

"We played teams and stuff like that but of course me and Wesley lost and his Dad won," said Tara Massey, a friend.

They remembered Beaver's kind spirit.

"He was just so sweet, an outgoing person. He would talk to anybody, he was friends with everybody, he loved coming up here to shoot pool all the time," said Wilson.

And embraced, as the family braces for the upcoming trial, scheduled for next month.

"It will be difficult to sit through the trial, we don't really know what to expect, we've not had very much conversation with Cecelia with how she intends to handle the case," said Beaver's mother.

Almost as difficult as the decision to come to the event to remember their son.

"We wanted to come to support them because they cared enough to do it and then at the same time it's tough to come," said Beaver's father.

They say it's that community support that's carried them through a difficult year and will get them through the difficult time that may lie ahead.

Donnie Spillers is charged with involuntary manslaughter, evidence tampering, making false statements, and violating the oath of office. A motions hearing is scheduled next week.

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