Friends, family remember slain Beggs football star
It was a cold, Thursday night, but there was nothing that could stop them from coming together to remember him.
Kayson Toliver, ateenage Beggs High School football star with his whole life ahead of him.
"The young man had the whole world ahead of him. Really, anything he wanted to accomplish, he could have," said former Beggs High School football Coach Lee Blankenship.
Blankensip said he'll never forget the kid he once coached.
"He set the tone. In football it's great. But he set the tone in our locker room. He was just a pleasure to coach," said Blankenship.
Toliver was shot, along with his two sisters, inside his home near Beggs on Thursday.
His sisters were left wounded, but Toliver left this world.
"This community is going to make it. We're going to make it," said Becky McGahan.
McGahan and Robin Boak were there tonight, remembering the friend they loved.
They say Beggs is a small town, but that makes the healing process just a little bit easier.
"Being in the small town when it happens, it seems like to me that the community leans on one another far more than in big cities," said McGahan.
But nothing will ever take away the pain of losing a friend, a brother, a member of this small town community.
"I've just been thinking about the great moments, and the great times that we had with that young man, and how much he loved others," said McGahan.
McGahan and others will be passing out ribbons they made honoring Toliver at Friday's game against Sperry.