Edmondson's Rivers dies from gunshot

July 17, 1992|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,Staff Writer

Edmondson High basketball standout Eddie Rivers died early Tuesday morning from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police reports said.

Rivers, 18, was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center by paramedics after police were summoned to a friend's home on North Grantley Street at 1:30 a.m. According to police, witnesses said they were watching television when Rivers pulled out a handgun and shot himself.

Police said members of Rivers' family knew of no reason for what police are calling a suicide.

Rivers was a key contributor for this past season's 15-4 Edmondson team that won the Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference championship. Rivers earned all-conference honors after averaging more than 16 points and 10 rebounds. A year earlier he led the junior varsity to second place in the league after transferring from Southwestern High.

"Eddie was well-mannered and always had a positive attitude," said Edmondson coach James James. "His influence solidified the team. He will be missed beyond belief."

Services for Rivers will take place tonight at 7 at Mount Olive Baptist Church on Edmondson and Edgewood streets.

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