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Solomon High will honor former Wichita State football player with statue

Connie Avery, of Solomon, holds the helmet her brother Marvin wore as a football player at WSU. Marvin Brown was one of 31 people killed Oct. 2, 1970, in a plane crash.
Connie Avery, of Solomon, holds the helmet her brother Marvin wore as a football player at WSU. Marvin Brown was one of 31 people killed Oct. 2, 1970, in a plane crash. The Wichita Eagle

On Friday, Solomon High will unveil a statue of Marvin Brown, a star athlete at the school who played football for Wichita State. Brown is one of 14 Shocker athletes who died in a plane crash on Oct. 2, 1970 in Colorado.

Here is a Salina Journal story on the statue.

I went to Solomon in 2010 to tell Brown’s story and met his sister and several friends. I spent almost three hours looking at newspaper and magazine clippings and listening to stories about Brown. I’ve done numerous stories on the plane crash and the common thread is that no one touched by the tragedy wants the victims (and survivors) to be forgotten.

"When you would say Marvin was from Solomon, it made you proud of Solomon," said Eldon Janssen, a neighbor.

Here is the 2010 story that will tell you more about Brown.

▪  The university will hold its annual memorial at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 on campus.

▪  Rick Stephens, one of the survivors, leaves Saturday on a bike ride from Cessna Stadium to the site of the plane crash, about 40 miles west of Denver. He is raising funds for a scholarship used by children and grandchildren of the members of that team.

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