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Special honor planned for child killed in accidental shooting

By: Janet Kim Email
By: Janet Kim Email

Tashawn Watson's football coaches say the 9-year-old had a bright future ahead on the football field. Now his coaches and team are making sure to keep his memory alive.

Described as a rising star athlete, 27 NEWSFIRST attained video of 9-year-old Tashawn Watson in a recent YMCA football game, catching a fumble and then scoring for his team..

"It was a pleasure to be around the kid and we'd like to have 12 Tashawn's on a team like that," says Coach Chris Grill, Watson's flag football team coach.

Coaches Chris Grill and Michael Logan won't have Watson at their next game. The 9-year-old died in a shooting accident earlier this week. Lexington Police say Watson and his younger brother found a gun in the garage. It went off, killing him.

"You kind of take it a day at a time," says Grill.

As for Watson's family off the field, Coach Logan says their trying to remain strong.

"They're doing as good as they can be," says Logan. "Someone that's been in their family for 9 years is not there anymore."

As Watson leaves behind four younger siblings. His family on the field says they want to help the best they can.

"He's not our biological kid, but he's our kid on this team," says Logan.

Tashawn's team, the Buccaneers, will be playing at the North Lexington YMCA on Sunday. The teams the game will be dedicated to him, with all his teammates wearing wristbands in his honor.

The coaches have also set up a memorial fund for the family at all First Federal Bank locations, under the Tashawn Watson Fund.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Tuesday, April 27 at Historic Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Lexington. The visitation 10 a.m. and the funeral service at 12 p.m.

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