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Kickoff set Saturday for Barn Quilt Trail

The Halifax County Barn Quilt Trail will kick off its celebration Saturday, at 9 a.m. at the Halifax Farmers Market. There will be an information table at the market where…

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Bluestone student fatally shot; juvenile suspect in custody

South Boston News
Evan Ashad Smith / March 14, 2018
A 17-year old juvenile is in custody following a deadly shooting in Chase City early Sunday morning.

Police are releasing few details about the shooting which took place around 12:14 a.m. on Endly Street. According to Chase City Police Chief Jay Jordan, officers responded to a call of shots fired just after midnight Sunday. Arriving at the scene, police found Evan Ashad Smith, 18, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

Chase City Rescue Squad was called to transport Smith to the local hospital. He was subsequently life-flighted to MCV Hospital in Richmond where he succumbed to his injuries.

Smith, a senior at Bluestone High School in Skipwith, was an avid hunter and fisherman who also enjoyed the outdoors, motorcycles, dirt bikes and playing with his dogs.

On Monday, counselors were at Bluestone High School to help Smith’s classmates and friends deal with their grief.

Jordan said he was not able to discuss charges while the investigation is ongoing, but acknowledged that the juvenile is in custody at W.W. Moore Juvenile Detention Home in Danville.

He thanked members of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, Southside Drug & Gang Task Force and Virginia State Police for their assistance in this matter.

Smith was the younger brother of Erik “Dai Dai” Smith, who died in his sleep nearly three years ago at the age of 17. Following his death, friends and family set up a scholarship fund for a graduating Bluestone High School senior who exemplifies the character, athletic aspirations and zest for which Erik Smith was known.

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