(SL) – It’s as if you can feel her pain through her words. A mother of three in Beckley, Wva is mourning the death of middle son while trying to stay strong for her youngest and balanced for her oldest.
And what has happened, no mother should ever have to go through. According to her FB page, this heartbreaking reality for Shannon Wilson started with a phone call while she was in church. It was then that one can assume she was notified that something horrible had occurred.
Growing up in Beckley, the country roads and quiet communities are a welcomed haven to well….. country life. Four wheeling down the mountain, scooter ride around the park, walks around the neighborhood or a cruise around the block. So the thought of two young boys riding a dirt bike isn’t out of the norm. But Sunday, December 11th would be anything but that.
It’s incredibly sad. Looking at her posts, she’s a hardworking, good mom who spoils her kids and does anything she can for them as shown through a cute post about her oldest son Ke’ron, who doesn’t eat the school’s lunch so she would take him Captain D’s on his break.
Or the last minute birthday party she pulled off for Anthony just a week before this tragedy would take place.
Life is unpredictable. Each day is different but when something of this magnitude happens, it truly rocks you to the core. Seeing the sacrifices this woman was making to ensure her kids kept those beautiful smiles on their faces, it’s clear she’s their hero and it hurts to imagine what she must feel.
One day she’s pulling an all-nighter to make sure her youngest has the birthday party of his dreams and 8 days later she’s by his side in a hospital while he fights for his life and bearing the pain of losing her middle child at the same time.
According to Shannon, her two youngest boys 10-year old Steven Powell and 8-year old Anthony Wilson were on a dirt bike making a short trip to ‘grams’ house on Plumley Street when the unthinkable happened on Patch Street.
If you know Beckley, the two streets intersect which is even more heartbreaking, because they were so close to their destination when they were hit by a car. The driver, a 21-year old woman, has not been identified and reportedly will not be charged.
Beckley Police Chief Lonnie Christian said Steven died at the hospital following the collision. Anthony remains hospitalized in Morgantown, WV.
The accident has ripped a whole in the heart of Beckley and Stratton Elementary where the two were students. Teachers described them both as warm, kind, respectful and smart children who lit up a room with their smiles and personalities.
Shannon’s grief is hard to read. In one post, she asked, “Why me?”
In another she talked about how she loves her boys more than life itself and wished she could trade places with them.
As she put it, so she could watch down on her kids from Heaven because she’s lived her life and without them, she can’t go on.
Wilson has been giving regular updates on Anthony’s condition, but hasn’t commented since the 18th after the WVU Basketball team visited the little one. She laid her 10-year old to rest on Tuesday, December 2oth.
It’s clear how this story is affecting not only Beckley, but surrounding communities. At a vigil for ‘Ant’, a very diverse group of people including a few police officers prayed and in a touching sentiment released balloons to the sky in memory of little Steven and in prayer for little Anthony.
Shannon has expressed her gratitude and credited her supporters for keeping her going.
Hoping she’s okay. Can’t imagine what she’s going through. Pray that God eases her pain and heals little Anthony completely. Heartbreaking tragedy this time of the year. Dear Lord, keep them covered.