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Loved Ones Gather for Visitation of Teen Killed in Dirt Bike Accident

By: Rahel Solomon Email
By: Rahel Solomon Email
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UPDATE 5/15/13 @ 11:30 p.m.
BELLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Friends and family of teen Patrick Petry, who died last week in a tragic accident, gathered Wednesday for his viewing.

Patrick was killed Friday in a dirt bike accident in Cabin Creek.

He was a sophomore at Riverside High School where the visitation took place.

The news of his death shocked the school and devastated those who knew Patrick well.

“There wasn't one person I knew that didn't love that kid; he was like a brother to us,” his friend Ronnie Lawrence said.

Friends of Patrick tell WSAZ.com that he enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing basketball.

“Patrick, where do I start?” said Walt Pennington, another friend of Patrick’s,” He was the funny guy that everyone loved. He was just outgoing.”

Riverside High School Principal Valery Harper said the school is considering placing a permanent fixture Monday on school grounds for friends to remember Patrick.

Patrick’s funeral is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pryor Funeral Home in East Bank.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/13/15
BELLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Students at Riverside High School are in mourning after an unexpected death of a student.

Patrick Petry , 16, was killed Friday in a dirt bike accident in Cabin Creek. Petry lost control of the bike and crashed over a hill, according to authorities.

Petry's friends gathered Monday afternoon to remember the boy they said always had a smile on his face.

“Seeing your best friend die, it's hard,” his friend Nick Blankenship said.

Petry was a sophomore at the high school. Friends tell WSAZ.com that the experience has been unreal.

“It's just really hard; it's all like a bad dream,” Joseph Settle, also a lifelong friend of Petry’s, said.

To cope with their grief, students stopped thinking of the present and turned their attention to the past.

“We went to Summersville one year, and he went up to take a shower. And we were on the other side of the camp ground, and we took his clothes and his towel,” Settle joked. “He had to run across the whole Summersville naked.”

“He always used to sit right in front of me on the back of the bus, and I'd always just reach up there and smack him right in the back of the head, just messing with him,” Blankenship remembered.

The meeting area Monday was on the second floor of the school where Patrick could often be seen in between classes.

“The bench area is where he and his friends would hang out in between classes,” Principal Valery Harper said. “We knew that would be the area where kids would go to remember Patrick.”

Just days away from the end of the school year, friends and faculty face the harsh reality of an empty desk where a familiar face used to sit.

Funeral arrangements have not been made public at this time.


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