CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Riverside High School students spent Monday remembering classmate Patrick Petry, who died Saturday after a dirt bike accident.Students surrounded a bench at RHS -- where Petry and his friends usually gathered -- with flowers and a picture of him in place of the spot he used to occupy."Today they let us all sit there where he always sat so that we could share stories about him and remember him," said Shane Bush, a sophomore at RHS who has known Petry since kindergarten.Bush, who grew up about a mile from Petry, said the Cabin Creek teenager loved to ride his dirt bike and four-wheeler and go camping with his friends. Petry was a junior firefighter at the Cabin Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
"He was always having fun. He never argued with anyone," Bush said.Teddy Linville, a sophomore from Cabin Creek who also grew up with Petry, said Monday at school "didn't feel right.""I'm still in disbelief," Linville said. "He was easygoing and always wanting to have fun. He liked to fish and hunt and camp. He was part of the crew."A candlelight vigil was held for Petry Sunday night on the school's football field, where hundreds wore camouflage in his memory.
Another gathering of family and friends will be held at the school on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Pryor Funeral Home in East Bank on Thursday at 1 p.m.Danielle Rogers, a Riverside senior from Paint Creek, said she remembers Petry for how much he loved his family and friends."He was the kind of person who always had a smile on his face. He was never down. He could make a good time out of anything," she said. "Everyone liked him because he was always laughing and smiling."Rogers said even though it's hard, the students and staff at Riverside have come together to keep Petry's memory alive, calling him "one-of-a-kind.""Everyone has really come together, and the teachers are helping a lot, too,"she said. "If anyone ever needed anything, he'd be there to help them. There wasn't anyone who didn't like Pat."@tag:Reach Mackenzie Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org