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5 NEWS EXCLUSIVE: Randolph Co. Stabbing Victim's Family Speaks Out
Written by Lauren McMillen
Last updated on August 15, 2014 @ 11:09PM
Created on August 15, 2014 @ 6:08PM

Just over two years ago, in the rolling hills of Randolph County, two Tygarts Valley High school students got into a fight that would leave one of them dead and the other behind bars.

Thomas Vas allegedly stabbed 17-year-old Dustin White before a high school football game. And to this day, Dustin's family is still trying to wrap their heads around what happened.

"Its been rough. Its been really hard. They lost their best friend and their little brother," said Joyce Taylor, Dustin's biological mother. 

A few simple words is all it takes to describe Dustin, a fun loving kid without a worry in the world.

"You never saw that child without a smile on his face, never," said Taylor. 

Closure has been hard to come by. The trial has already been delayed four times. It was expected to pick up in August, but now will not begin until December. 

The family hopes Dustin's case will help shed light on bullying and the dangers of violence.

"In the community that we live in this is not something that should have happened," said Taylor. 

The tragedy shook the small knit community, leaving scars and broken hearts on all those who Dustin left behind. His mother says its hard to cope and she has one message that she wants to get out.

"I really hope justice is served because his family can go visit him, but I'll never get to see my son again," said Taylor. 

We reached out to Vas's attorney, but heard no word back. Dustin's family hopes the justice system will prevail and that his memory will continue to live on.

Stick with 5 News for the latest on this developing case.


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