GoFundMe account set up for funeral expenses of former Pine Tree basketball player


UPDATE: A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family pay funeral expenses for Isaiah Dewayne Lawson, a former guard on the Pine Tree basketball team and a player for Mountain View College.

UPDATE – The Longview Police Department identified Thursday’s shooting victim as 20-year-old Isaiah Dewayne Lawson, a former guard on the Pine Tree basketball team and a player for Mountain View College.

Lawson’s high school basketball coach at Pine Tree Jermaine Lewis, who is now the Gladewater girls coach said Lawson’s family is trying to find a way to come up with funds for funeral expenses.

At this time services are pending.

Lewis explains how much Lawson grew as a person and as a player while he coached him during his last three years of high school.

“He grew a lot in the classroom when I started trying to tell him that you have a chance to go play at the next level. He took it serious and started really doing work, going to study halls, and trying to meet with the teachers to try to get his grades where they needed to be.”

Lewis become emotional when he said that he had make the phone call to Mountain View’s coach to let him know that Lawson would not be returning to school.

Pine Tree’s current boys basketball coach Brandon Shavers informed Lewis that they will have Lawson’s number one jersey on its own seat on their bench at their games going forward.

The Pirates open their 2020-21 season Tuesday at home against Lindale at 5:00 p.m.

LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK) – A man was shot to death Thursday night in Longview. The police department is investigating the death as a homicide.

Police were called to the area of 15th and Young streets about 6:45 p.m. Thursday in response to a report of a shot being fired. The shooting victim died at the scene, according to the police department.

Police did not initially release the identity of the victim.

Anyone who has information about what happened can contact the Longview Police Department at 903-237-1199 or Detective Powell at 903-237-1157. Citizens can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward by contacting Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP(7867) or online at greggcountycrimestoppers.org.

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