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Posted: November 5, 2012

Jackson Reel’s mother, Vonda Johnston, hugs Turner Ashby assistant wrestling coach John Fincham following the service for Reel on Saturday. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Memorial services were held on Saturday for Turner Ashby High School junior Jackson Reel, 16, and on Sunday for TA junior Cyndal Lynn Ward. The two died following a car crash in Rockingham County on Tuesday. About 2,000 mourners attended the service for Reel.
A memorial to Turner Ashby High School junior Jackson Reel was set up outside of the memorial service held for him on Saturday at TA.

HARRISONBURG — As Turner Ashby’s junior varsity football coach puts it, Jackson Reel was born fighting.

After having surgery as a baby to treat the congenital heart disease he was born with,…

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