Dancer’s spirit will live on, says coach after shooting death

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A girl who was fatally shot on Rich Street last night will be remembered for her spirited dancing. Police say a 16-year-old boy was arrested and will be charge with her death.

Tamara Dodson, aged 15, was a dancer. Her dance coach since she was eight years old, Belaune Gravely, said she now has to think about what this teen could have been.

“It’s hard for me to, it’s hard for me to take it in,” Gravely said.

Gravely learned about the death her dance student, Tamara — who many know as Rudy — through Facebook messenger.

“Messages just kept coming and said Rudy got shot. She’s dead.”

Gravely now treasures the last message from Rudy which simply says “Love u.” Gravely said her relationship with Rudy went beyond coach and student.

“She’s like a daughter to me,” said Gravely. “I would take her to family outings, barbecues, Christmas dinners, and in fact she spent Thanksgiving with me this past Thanksgiving. She wanted to come help me cook.”

That’s why it’s so difficult for this dance coach to comprehend what has happened.

“I can’t even put into words the pain that is in my heart right now to know that my baby, one of my babies, one of my dancers, one that I put my entire life into is no longer here.”

Gravley said  Rudy’s spirit as a dancer will never be forgotten.

“Rudy was vicious on the dance floor,” said Gravely. “If you knew anything about dance in Columbus to Cincinnati to Dayton, and event to Indianapolis you knew Rudy.”

Rudy danced with the Platinum Divas Dance Team; it’s a place where this coach says: “She shined.”

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