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Bank Funds Set Up for Wesley Spires after Brutal Attack

web posted May 7, 2013

AUGUSTA Wesley Spires, 27, of the Merriwether/Westside area of Edgefield County, and Ashley Solesbee 25, of Belvedere have officially been identified as victims in the brutal and senseless attack on Riverwalk in Augusta on Friday night. Very little information has been provided on Solesbee, however; Spires remains in very critical condition at the MCG Trauma Center with severe head injuries and bleeding on the brain. Two donation accounts have been set up to support the Spires family to help with medical bills.

Donations can be made to the Wesley Spires Donation Fund at any Georgia Bank and Trust in Georgia or the Southeastern Bank and Trust in South Carolina. Edgefield Daily was told a similar account may be set up at a local bank as well. If that is confirmed we will follow with an announcement.

News partner WJBF News 6's Ashley Bridges spoke with family members and friends on Monday. Wesley's uncle, Rick Miller said he doesn't understand why it happened. "He's not the kind of person who'd provoke anybody to beat him the way that they did," Miller said. "The first thing I'll tell him is you've got a lot of people behind you and a lot of people who love you."

"We are to be forgiving people but we also know when people do things like that justice needs to be served," Miller says.

"He is such a part of our family," says Yancey Shearouse. "He was seriously the next person to hold our children when we brought them home from the hospital." Shearouse says Wesley started working for her--and he worked hard. "They don't make them like Wesley," she says. "He's just a true, good country boy who's wonderful, he's just great."

"This is not something you can wrap your head around," she says.  "These are bad, mean terrible, people, so I just don't go there. I just want Wesley to be better."

Additional details continue to dribble out of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office with a report that was released on Monday. The attackers were described as two tall and thin black males with short "dreads" wearing all black and carrying an aluminum bat(s) or metal pipe(s), used in the beating. Their pants were said to be sagging exposing both of the attackers' underwear.

Richmond County authorities have not released the names or photos of any suspect at this time.

You can view Ashley Bridges' story on WJBF News 6 here.

Related:
Edgefield County Man Remains in Critical Condition after Brutal Attack on Riverwalk
web posted May 6, 2013




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