Memorial Honors Slain SHS Grad

Friends, Family Gather To Remember Graessle

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Posted: December 31, 2012

Former Spotswood High School running back Jordan Rogers talks about his teammate Ben Graessle at a memorial service for Graessle at the school on Saturday evening. Graessle, a 2011 SHS graduate, was killed in a shooting on Port Republic Road on Dec. 23. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Mike Thompson, who coached Ben Graessle on the Spotswood High School baseball team, hugs Graessle’s mother, Debbie Songer, after speaking at the memorial service at SHS on Saturday evening.

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