Family honors Brent Gibson, recovered from river, at Salem Red Sox game

Updated: Jun. 13, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT
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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ) - Family members came together to honor Brent Gibson at the Salem Red Sox game Sunday. Gibson went missing in March and was found two weeks later in the Roanoke River, dead from an apparent self-inflicted wound. The family is keeping Brent’s memory alive.

Gibson’s younger brother Jayson Eanes, who played baseball in high school, threw the first pitch of Sunday’s Red Sox game. He said this pitch is a way for him and his family to show heir love and support for Gibson.

“Brent taught me everything I knew about baseball, we would always go to baseball games, he would be at every game I play at,” Jayson said.

Sunday, Eanes said Gibson was with him at the Salem Red Sox game in spirit, watching him throw the first pitch in his honor.

“He would be up in the stands with a big goofy smile on his face, looking down on me, laughing,” Jayson said.

Brent was a big fan of the team.

“He grew up loving the Salem Red Sox, he would love to throw out the first pitch himself, it means a lot to do it for him,” Jayson said.

Gibson’s other brother and his mother Dawn Eanes came out to watch.

“Anything that I can do to remember Brent and the things that he loved means more than anybody will ever know,” Dawn said.

Kenny Jarels, President of the AWARE Foundation and an usher for the baseball team, helped organize this first pitch opportunity with the team’s general manager, Allen Lawrence.

“Just thought it would be a good opportunity for the family to come out and recognize Brent for the wonderful life that he had and maybe be a small part of the healing process,” Lawrence said.

“Remembering him and honoring him, it helps a lot because it makes us happy because we know that it would make him happy,” Dawn said.

Gibson’s family is planning on holding more events in his honor throughout the year and in the years to come.

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