Valentine memorial planned

Wesley Valentine, a Bishop Ludden alumnus who was fatally stabbed in February, will be memorialized through a scholarship at the school. A fundraiser is being held Aug. 2 in Alliance Bank Stadium.

Wes, who graduated from Bishop Ludden in 2007, was entering his second semester at Onondaga Community College when fatally stabbed outside a Northside bar in Syracuse Feb. 1.

He was the second homicide in the city this year.

"He so loved his life, and he told me that many times he just appreciated everyone and everything in his life," Charlene Valentine, his mother, said.

He was particularly appreciative of his parents. Unlike the typical only child, Charlene said Wes thanked her all the time -- she often found herself saying it was unnecessary. "He never hung up the phone without saying 'I love you,'" she said.

Another story Charlene likes to tell is just before Christmas, when she and Wes were shopping for her husband. Wes told her he prayed for them every night. She asked if that included all the nights over at friends' houses. "He said, 'Mom, I pray for you wherever I am,'" Charlene said.

Wes was stabbed Feb. 1 outside the Red Light Lounge, in the 400 block of North Salina Street, after getting into a fight with Carl Otts, 22, of Dewitt for harassing his girlfriend.

In an interview with the Post Standard, his father said Wes went to the bar because his girlfriend, 19, was being harassed. Charlene said Wes was the type of person who would do anything for anyone. "I know why he did that, because that's just the type of kid he was," she said.


Two other Bishop Ludden graduates killed by drunk drivers have also been memorialized: Alfred Awad Jr., a 1991 alumnus who was killed in a 2002, and Steven Endieveri, a 1990 alumnus, who died in 1999.

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