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Family, friends release balloons in honor of slain Fall River teen



Friends and family gathered today in Fall River in honor of a teen who was fatally stabbed last week.

At 3:00 p.m. Sunday, a huge display of balloons were released at Kennedy Park by those who knew 17 year old William Wheeler as they gathered to remember him. Chants of Will’s world could be heard during the balloon release.

Family and friends are still trying to come to grips with the loss.

Posted by Corinna Rebello on Sunday, February 17, 2019

The family has also set up a page for money needed to help pay for funeral expenses due to his abrupt death.

William’s 16 year old cousin was arrested in West Warwick, RI Thursday in connection to the homicide.

The juvenile is being charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Wheeler.



  1. Todd Sylvia

    April 1, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I knew William since he was a little boy and he was a very smart kid. He was always polite to me and to be honest with u was kind of a gentle kid not some hardcore troubled teen like you guys protrait him to be. Any troubles he had were a result of the environment he was around in the city. Fall River is a place were young men have to be are tough or they are preyed upon by those who do. He had all the potential in the world and if he had grown up in Westport things would be different. Something needs to change in our society so things like this can stop. Rest in peace William I am sad to see you go young brother.

    • fallriverreporter

      April 1, 2019 at 10:04 pm

      Exactly what did we say that portrayed him as a hardcore troubled teen?

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