October 29, 2005
Two Greenbrier football stars accused of molestation in a sex case are getting more support. Shad Harris and Reggie Rice bonded out of jail last Tuesday. But on Saturday their supporters showed up in a unique fashion. News 12 has more from Martinez.
Like most weekends here along Washington Road, there’s a car wash with kids trying to collect all the money they can for a cause. Normally, it’s Girl Scouts for camp or little leaguers hoping for new uniforms. But today it’s a little bit different.
“Basically, we’re raising money for Reggie and Shad for their legal fees,” said Cleronna Paschal.
“We just wanted to let the parents, faculty and staff know that the community that surrounds Shadrick and Reggie are supporting them,” said Anuila Reese.
Shadrick Harris is charged with child molestation and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Rice faces similar charges, but also has a rape count against him. They both starred on Greenbrier High’s football team until the allegations came up.
The supporters first showed up at their bond hearing last Tuesday. Some, trying to bring signs reading “Free Reggie Rice” into the courtroom.
For drivers this weekend, there were similar signs, like one reading “Car Wash to Support Shad and Reggie.”
“We all just like one big family, we all just sat down and came up with this together. We want kids at school to get involved,” Paschal said.
No word on how much money they raised, but curbside donations during News 12’s half-hour visit appeared light.
A manager at Advance Auto Parts, the store hosting the fundraiser, says it’s unusual for it to sponsor a car wash to raise money for legal fees. Members of Mount Carmel Baptist Church say they’re planning a barbeque in the future to raise more money.