Family Lays Teen Shooting Victim to Rest

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

A Parkersburg family is laying a young man to rest who was shot this past weekend.

19-year-old Chris Dickel's funeral service was held Thursday afternoon.

The shooting happened at a Pettyville apartment early Sunday morning.

The case is still under investigation and no arrests have been made at this time.

Now, the woman who raised Dickel is speaking out and has a message for the area's youth.

Click on the video link to hear Patricia Deem's entire message.


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  • by jjk Location: anywhere on Sep 26, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    I knew Chris he was really a great guy! It was reallly sad that he had to go like this but i pray every night for his family<3 RIP Chris Dickel I will miss ya!!
  • by m on Sep 26, 2009 at 12:57 AM
    God bless this lady to stand strong enough in this time of grief to send such an important message,any one of us who are mothers could have been in her shoes,we raise our children up and teach them but when they get out from under us they all make mistakes,unfortunately her sons cost him his life,alone he probably would'nt have been in that situation but as a group they do stupid things,I will keep this dear lady in my prayers and look forward to hearing that her wishes for her sons friends are carried out.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:10 PM
    continued... I just hope and pray that the majority of these kids learn before it is THEIR families up there crying and praying.
  • by toolmom Location: Parkersburg on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:08 PM
    First of all, I just wanted to pass my condolences to this boy's family. I totally applaud his mother for making her statement yesterday. Yes, his friends should definately do whatever they can to start up clubs for youth in Chris' honor. This would definately be a positive step towards healing from the pain and anger. Lashing out at someone who you percieve has "done you wrong" will only cause more heartache. I feel that alot of the recent violence can be contributed to our youth not having safe places that they can go to have fun and hang out. There are also kids who feel that they don't really belong to any particular group, so they get involved in some of these new "gangs". You ask how much more violence will it take before these kids learn to stay away from the groups they are hanging out with? Well, look at the CA, NYC, Chicago gangs. It will never end until these kids realize that fighting and control of turf is NOT what it's all about.
  • by j Location: wv on Sep 25, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    this is so sad. everyone just pray for that woman. kids listen to her, two wrongs DO NOT make right. i dont know the family, the victim, or the shooter, ive kept up with this story and just could not imagine standing there having that in me just a few days after loosing a child and say that, please just pray for them.
  • by k Location: parkersburg on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    People, we need to pray for everyone in this situation. We have two children who are 10 & 14 and we try very hard to teach them right from wrong and to not make fun of anyone and to treat others the way they want to be treated. Please stop doing wrong to others. It is just a sad and terrible situation for everyone involved. Some people may be asking, "Why did God let this happen?" We sometimes don't have all the answers as to why things happen and it's hard to understand why someone was taken at such an early age. I don't have the answer as to why this happened, I just feel we need to love our kids and set a good example for them and pray for peace. May God bless all those involved in this tragic incident.
  • by john Location: parkersburg on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:29 AM
    The entire story will come out when the investigation is complete.People shouldn't post one-sided posts.You have 2 sides to every story, the truth is somewhere in between.As for not revealing the shooters name, maybe there have been threats to the persons life, who knows. I'm sure all will be revealed in good time. I'm sure law enforcement want to have their ducks in a row before releasing info to the public. It is common sense that if you reveal information during an investigation, it can taint a case. As for the people arrested, that information is public knowledge through magistrate court so I'm sure the news media was ready to pounce on it. As for one post, Parkersburg Police is not involved in the investigation. It happened outside the city and it is the sheriff dept investigating according to the news. I've heard lots of calls at this place on the scanner lately. Maybe they should screen the people that want to move in there better.
  • by jeff Location: mw on Sep 25, 2009 at 02:41 AM
    finally a voice of reason from a very strong and loving person to take time for others at such a time of grief speaks volumes to the character of his parents
  • by fellow diabetic on Sep 24, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    I only knew Chris because we were both diabetics and we went to the same school, so I saw him in the nurse's office. I also got to know him at diabetes camp. I just wanted to personally thank Chris' family for donating all funds made to Chris to The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, that is very kind and gracious of you and I for one greatly appreciate that you care, thank you. RIP. Chris, lost but never forgotten.
  • by Tammy Location: South Parkersburg on Sep 24, 2009 at 08:48 PM
    A truly selfless and inspiring message, our prayers go out to all involved. Bless you Pat!
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