Kingsport community puts on second tournament for Hog Wild shooting victim

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A year after Brett Rodgers II lost his life in a fatal nightclub shooting at the Hog Wild Saloon, his friends and family continue to honor his legacy. 

His two friends, Kinana Goines and Jordan Jeffers, putting on the second annual Ball for Brett Basketball Tournament.

“Brett really loved to play basketball and the best way to get everyone together is for everyone to play ball and do what he loved to do and honor him,” says Goines. 

His best friend Jordan telling News Channel 11 that Brett was like family to him.

“About third grade they came from California, him and his family. He was on my football team at Lynn Garden. We’ve been best friends ever since. It was like loosing one of my family members.”

The first ball for Ball for Brett Basketball Tournament was held only two weeks after his death. Both the funds then and Saturday support his family.

Sunday, Brett’s father was grateful for the community support and happy to see people Brett grew up with playing the sport he loved.

“These are all these kids he’s played against over the last ten years. It’s great to see them all grown up and playing again. This is something we’re going to do every year.”

The community hoping that events like these can make a difference in the Tri- Cities. 

“We just wanted to focus on, not only what happened to Brett’s situation but whole gun awareness all around in the Tri-Cities and just put a stop to it,” Says Kinana.

The Rogers family said they hope to continue with this tournament, wanting to add more events throughout the year, with the continued goal of giving young people a positive environment for them to experience at night.

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