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Couple attacked on Riverwalk Augusta now engaged

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 8:35 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 1:20 AM
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A couple who were brutally attacked during their first date on Riverwalk Augusta in May are engaged, according to their Facebook pages.

Ashley Solesbee, a 25-year-old Aiken County teacher and dance instructor, and Wesley Spires, a 27-year-old volunteer firefighter at West Side Fire Department, were ending their first date of ice skating and pizza with a walk down Riverwalk on May 3 when they were attacked by two men with metal bats or pipes.

The couple announced their engagement via Facebook late Monday by posting photos of themselves and the engagement ring and saying, “We found the perfect fairy tale ending. We’ll be Mr. and Mrs. soon at our wedding.”

The couple had both had facial fractures and head wounds in the attack, which prompted community outrage and a demands for better downtown security.

Despite his injuries, Spires, who also had a broken hand, drove to University Hospital for treatment.

Solesbee was released several days after the assault, but Spires was put in an induced coma and remained in critical condition for weeks. He was finally released in June.

Two men, Kevin D. Richardson and Robey E. Moses, both 21, were charged with aggravated assault and robbery by force.

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my.voice
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my.voice 01/07/14 - 08:46 am
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I guess they figure they have

I guess they figure they have the WORSE out of the way in FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE. Good luck and congrats!

poolmom
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poolmom 01/07/14 - 08:52 am
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So Sweet!

So Sweet!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/07/14 - 09:17 am
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Sweet news

Good luck to this wonderful couple.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/07/14 - 09:24 am
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They have been through hell,

They have been through hell, may the rest of their life be joyous and rich.

teaparty
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teaparty 01/07/14 - 09:47 am
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The thugs that did it SHOULD
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The thugs that did it SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A HATE CRIME!! If it had been white thugs that did this to a black couple they would have been. The double standard is alive and well.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/07/14 - 10:29 am
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^^ THIS ^^

^^ THIS ^^

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 01/07/14 - 10:32 am
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He drove her to the hospital

He drove her to the hospital and even though he was more seriously injured, he wanted to make sure she was taken care of. A true man in every sense of the word.

Dseven
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Dseven 01/07/14 - 12:16 pm
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hate crime.

Hate crime. Hate crime. Hate crime. Hate crime. HATE CRIME!!!!!!!

thauch12
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thauch12 01/07/14 - 12:18 pm
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Great to hear and I wish them

Great to hear and I wish them the best of luck in the future!

But I have to question the ethics of the source...the article makes it seem like its facts were gleaned from Facebook stalking. Glad to see the Chronicle is maintaining its super high standards (said noone ever)

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/07/14 - 12:24 pm
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Congratulations!

This is the ultimate version of what is known in Hollywood as a "cute meet" scene! Now they will have a great story to tell their children and grandchildren. I think that the city should pay for their wedding.

whyme
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whyme 01/07/14 - 01:06 pm
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thoughts

Very happy for some good folks. They just posted it on FB last night so it is definitely interesting that someone would get it to the paper by today...meanwhile, was it necessary to post about the issue of hate crimes? That may be your opinion/true for this case, but for once can an article go without some negativity to spoil what was otherwise a chance for folks to express joy for this couple? As long as the AC allows it to happen, I guess it will, and now throw in articles that don't indicate the couple wanted their business broadcast!

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harley_52 01/07/14 - 01:42 pm
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KSL
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KSL 01/07/14 - 02:15 pm
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If you don't want it

If you don't want it broadcast, DON'T put it on Facebook. Duh!

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CobaltGeorge 01/07/14 - 04:49 pm
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First,

I would like to say, Congratulations to both. In my book, a demonstration of True Love.

Facebook - Very few on here knew very little who Ashley Solesbee & Wesley Spires really were except what they read about their tragic experience on Riverwalk. I wonder how many did like I did, and went to her Timeline to see a picture of her, her likes, dislikes, thoughts, emotions and even all her friends and their feeling also. With just a click of a mouse and within 10 minutes knew more about her than she probably knew about herself.

If you ever want something kept "Private" You sure as all heck should not post it on Facebook. Facebook has become the most UN-Private place in this new electronic world.

With that said, I must admit that it has it's good points. I have formed my own "Family (Last Name) Reunion Group" (Closed Group) and now have made contacts throughout the US of all family members in our Family Ancestry Tree. Everybody with my last name originated from one person who came to Canada in 1601 and we are all related. Like Sean, I am the administrator and control it completely. Present time have almost 150 members.

Back to topic, I wish Ashley and Wesley, many children and 53 year of a happy life like I have had.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/07/14 - 04:53 pm
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whyme

"That may be your opinion/true for this case, but for once can an article go without some negativity to spoil what was otherwise a chance for folks to express joy for this couple"

In a way, I share your feelings.

whyme
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whyme 01/07/14 - 07:20 pm
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privacy no more

Here's the thing-yes, when you put something on a social media site, everyone can indeed see it, which is usually the point, especially if you don't limit the visibility. However, you,the viewer, should show some discernment and respect in what you take away from the post. Sharing a joke, inspirational quote, general news that would benefit for the common good is fine to do on your site. Sharing information to gain notoriety of your own, to seem important because you are "in the know", or to sell a paper/gain readers' attention...not ok. Always remember how you would feel if you or your loved one was put out for everyone to examine...risks we take these days in the world of no privacy...

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Riverman1 01/07/14 - 08:21 pm
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Deserves Our Love and Support

Why does anyone think such a beautiful story is something they wouldn't want published? This couple deserves the love and support of us all.

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dwb619 01/07/14 - 08:56 pm
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CG

2 thumbs up

scoopdedoop64
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scoopdedoop64 01/07/14 - 11:51 pm
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So Happy For Them

I hope they have a happy and wonderful marriage.

rebellious
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rebellious 01/08/14 - 12:25 am
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Neat

Story. Starting with the first date, through many medical trials, and they stayed together. Ah, Romance at it's worst, or best, can't decide! Best of luck to the couple.

myfather15
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myfather15 01/08/14 - 07:04 am
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Congrats to you guys!! Hope

Congrats to you guys!! Hope you have much happiness and peace of mind!!

George, you're right. Facebook can be good or bad; whichever way an individual person choose to make theirs. I've got in touch with friends I haven't seen in 20 years.

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Guntoter 2 01/08/14 - 08:35 am
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SHO YA RIGHT
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Heeyy KLS..CobaltGeorge I agree FB ain't your friend when it come down to private matters but congrats to to the strong willed couple who has weathered the storm. Now I'm hoping the fate of those 2 low life primates will soon be decided so they can meet their doom.

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scooter2762 01/08/14 - 08:47 am
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Congratulations!

I love a happy ending!

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Marinerman1 01/08/14 - 09:19 am
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Congratulations !!!

Congratulations to you both !! I agree with the posts above -- you've been through the "for worse" part several times over. I hope you have a fabulous life ahead. From what was being said on Austin's show yesterday, they are going to have a great wedding.

Dseven
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Dseven 01/08/14 - 12:25 pm
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whyme

You are right... I stand corrected. Congrats to the lucky couple.

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