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CSRA Rallies Behind Riverwalk Victim

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The CSRA is putting its money and its heart where its mouth is to support Riverwalk beating victim, Wesley Spires.

"He's not the kind of person who'd provoke anybody to beat him the way that they did," says Spires' uncle, Rick Miller.

He says Wesley loves his family, but the people in the CSRA who count Wesley as family extend far beyond blood.

Pastor Lance Thomas is from Wesley's Church family.

"There's a time when you go through a little shock when something like that happens to someone you're so close to," Thomas says.

And there are many others.

"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."

Yancey 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."

But soon he became closer to kin, and established a bond with Shearouse's children.  After Saturday's attack it would be easy to be angry.

"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."

Instead across the CSRA families like the Shearouses are focusing on how they can help Wesley's family.  People have banded together to establish a donation fund to help with medical expenses; the family says that's about a lot more than money.

"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," Miller says.

And while the community is giving, they say they hope the sheriff's office is getting the people responsible.

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

For Wesley, and for everyone else.

"Just to know it may not happen to anybody else because it's twice this week that that kind of attack has happened," Thomas says.

And while security changes like extra patrols or cameras won't change what happened to Wesley, something has to change.

To give to the medical donation fund for Wesley, just ask for the Wesley Spires fund at Georgia Bank and Trust or Southern Bank and Trust in South Carolina.

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