Family, friends gather to honor Kyle Wilson

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Family and friends paid tribute to a “one of a kind,” young son, teammate, grandson and promise of hope, Kyle B. Wilson, at the Heinz Field East Club lounge. The talented saxophonist Derek Redd, entertained family and guests in the Grand Hall.

The evening began with cocktails and greetings as many selected their items to bid on during the silent auction. The 17-year-old student at Central Catholic High School, Kyle B. Wilson, who would have been a senior this year, died on Oct. 28, 2008 when an artery in his brain ruptured and caused a stroke.

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FAMILY—Derrick Wilson, father; Derrick Knox, Lisa Wilson, step mother; Chace Knox, Amaya Faulkner, Aubrey Wilson and Ashleigh Wilson.

Although saddened by his passing, his life was celebrated with loving memories and a moving tribute of poetry, by Pittsburgh native poet Laurette, Vanessa Germane, a spiritual mime performed by Davar Ferguson and a ballet performance by the August Wilson Center Dance Ensemble, choreographed by Greer Jones.

Several items were displayed for the silent auction such as, a painting by Pittsburgh born artist, Douglas J. Webster, Kyle’s number 23 jersey and several baskets filled with a variety of items, however, the item that particularly tugged at every one’s heart was a 12-week-old Labrador puppy named “Tori,” which at final auction, was purchased for $750 by Everett McElveen, who incidentally, bid by proxy over the phone, for a family with a young son who is suffering with a tracheotomy who wanted their son to have the dog after he recovers.

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SCHOLARS—Scholarship recipients, from left: David “DJ” Meyers, Jumbe Phiri  and Stephawn Featherstone.

The evening was topped off with special presentations to those who meant so much to the Wilson and Faulkner families. The first of many to come were scholarships awarded to three students of Central Catholic High School. They were: Jumbe Phiri, who now attends St. Vincent College majoring in international business, David “DJ” Myers, a current Central Catholic High Student who transferred from Aliquippa High School and maintains a 3.5 GPA and a leader on the football field and Stephawn Featherstone, who grew up in Homewood but now lives in the West End. Featherstone is a senior at Central Catholic and received Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 for wrestling. He is also the captain of the football team and maintains a 3.0 GPA.

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