STOUGHTON (CBS) – Word of the shooting that took a Stoughton teen’s life spread throughout the town this weekend.
17-year-old David Wade was a three-sport athlete at Stoughton High School before his brother shot him in chest on Saturday afternoon in an apparent accident. Wade passed away at Good Samaritan hospital shortly thereafter.
Neighbors, classmates and friends are grieving with Wade’s family. Neighbor Rheal King spoke with the teen a week ago about his plans after graduating from high school.
“He really hadn’t decided what he wanted to do. He thought he might take a year at Massasoit (Community College) to look the field over and decide what he wanted to do,” King said.
Through Facebook, Shalyn Hiltz told WBZ-TV she will remember his courage.
“I saw him grow up from the shy kid that would watch our practices to the strong man that wasn’t afraid to be the only guy on the cheerleading team,” said Hiltz.
“He was such a hard worker and a great brother to all of our team members.”
Chigozie Ikoro, a Stoughton sophomore, says he wasn’t close to Wade but is grieving alongside his family.
“When you hear about something like that you know what you have to do… always keep your head up because you know there are people suffering more than you and try to help them out,” said Ikoro.
Amy Kelly’s brother is a captain on the football team. She describes Wade as family to his teammates. She’s still trying to describe her own feelings about Wade’s death.
“He was such a sweet kid, and I just don’t get it,” said Kelly. “It’s tough.”
On Sunday evening hundreds gathered at the St James Parish in Stoughton to remember Wade.
“He was always a happy person to cheer with and always put a smile on everyone’s face,” Callie Concannon told WBZ.
Football teammate Malachi Baugh says Wade was very aggressive on the field and a dedicated, fun-loving friend off the field.
“It’s very hard for us as a team, but it gives us power and we want to finish the season off for him,” Baugh said.
Grief counselors will be at Stoughton High School on Monday.