FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WVNS) – A car accident was fatal on February 12, 2021. McKayla Kirk and Philip Dickerson’s lives were tragically cut short. Both teenagers attended Midland Trail High School in Fayette County.
Jeremy Moore, an assistant coach at Midland Trail High School, awoke to numerous text messages and posts on social media. He said he couldn’t even describe the feelings he felt as he read through them and realized what had happened.
“I never would have thought he was such a free spirit, Philip was one of those kids you thought would live forever,” explained Moore.
Philip Dickerson played many different positions for the Patriots on the soccer field, but his main position was outside of the linebacker. Moore trains the linebackers directly. He said he has a special relationship with the children he trains because he goes through ups and downs with them.
“There were days when I didn’t like him and there were days when he didn’t like me, but at the end of the day we could hug and say we loved her and that makes it harder,” said he moors.
Moore also owns and operates New River Sportswear in Oak Hill. Over the weekend, the store became a place where Dickerson’s former teammates, friends, and community members came to talk, cry, and remember his life.
“Philip was unique and that makes it hard for a lot of people because they don’t do Philip Dickerson like that anymore,” said Moore.
John Skaggs is a pastor and Dickerson’s uncle. He said Dickerson was a young man of faith, and because of this he knows that one day he will see Dickerson again.
“It helps us through these times. I know that one day I’ll see Philip again and see McKayla and that gives us hope and we live in a world that doesn’t have much hope, ”Skaggs said.
On February 14, 2021, hundreds of people gathered for a candlelight vigil to honor and remember both lost lives.
“Seeing the effects of a 19-year-old child speaks a lot about his character and who he was as a person,” said Moore.
Dickerson’s family is grateful that the community gathered around them during this difficult time.
“It’s such a special place and I really appreciate our community and all of the people who have loved our families,” said Skaggs.
Skaggs wants people to know the other life that was lost in this tragic car accident was a neighbor and close friend of the family. He asked the church to send their support to his family as well.