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Decatur Central HS athlete touches the hearts of Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A basketball player from Decatur Central High School is being recognized on social media for his kind gesture to a fellow athlete and classmate. The post is touching the hearts of Hoosiers on Facebook.

Tyrone Tracy Jr., a junior guard on DCHS basketball team, became a viral sensation after his mother Laverna Tracy posted a video of him on Facebook giving 18-year-old Peyton Meares a Christmas present. Tracy Jr. gave Meares the present after Friday’s basketball game against Mooresville High School.

Meares, who has Down syndrome, has been cheering for DCHS for the past two years for football and basketball. She became a fan of his earlier this year.

According to Meares’ mother, Cheri Meares, the friendship started after the two took a photo together.

“She started being his number one fan during football season this year when he was kind enough to let me take a picture of the two of them after a football game. That started it all. So he has only known her for a few months and has been this good to her from the beginning,” Meares said.

Since the friendship began, Meares has been a loyal fan and has even brought him candy and homemade cookies on numerous occasions.

Tracy Jr. told his mother he was touched by Meares’ generosity and kindness, which is why he wanted to do something special in return.

The video shows Tracy Jr. walking to Meares, tapping her on the shoulder, handing her the present and then hugging her. Meares’ reaction is priceless.

NOW THIS is really why I'm such a proud mom! #tearsofjoy She's his number 1 fan for real… brings him candy, bakes him…

Posted by Laverna Tracy on Saturday, December 17, 2016

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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