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Fleming County teenager honored at vigil

Posted at 11:26 PM, Nov 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-17 05:43:58-05

FLEMING COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — On a cold, quiet Saturday night, dozens of people huddled together in a park in downtown Flemingsburg to mourn a 17-year-old, whose life was cut short due to drugs.

Earlier this week, police arrested James McCord, 25, and charged him with unlawful transaction with a minor, alleging McCord provided a teen with marijuana and suboxone. Although the arrest citation does not name the juvenile, relatives and friends confirmed it was Joshua Perry.

“He had a legacy,” said Dro’ore Taylor, Perry’s cousin. “And we’ll never get to see where it was going to go or what it was going to be.”

Taylor recalled one of his last conversations with Perry, who told him he had his sights set on nursing school.

“He had a plan,” Taylor said.

Family and friends described Perry as an affable teenager, who always wanted to help others.

“He was just always happy and smiling,” Corrie, Perry's sister, said. “No matter what situation, whatever was going on in life, he just smiled and went on. He was always so happy.”

Police have not revealed a cause of death in the case and the incident remains under investigation.