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Fort Mill and Nation Ford go wild, then silent, for two locals killed on duty.

Fort Mill and Nation Ford high school communities honor recently fallen solider and detective

Before their important region basketball game Tuesday night, the Fort Mill and Nation Ford boys' teams honored Fort Mill grad and athlete Jay Sullivan, a soldier who died Jan. 8 in Iraq and Det. Mike Doty, killed Jan. 16 in the line of duty.
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Before their important region basketball game Tuesday night, the Fort Mill and Nation Ford boys' teams honored Fort Mill grad and athlete Jay Sullivan, a soldier who died Jan. 8 in Iraq and Det. Mike Doty, killed Jan. 16 in the line of duty.

They cheered. They gathered. They fell silent.

All before they got around to playing.

The Fort Mill and Nation Ford high school boys basketball teams paused between warm-ups and the start of their game Tuesday night to honor two men who died recently in the line of duty. One was Fort Mill graduate Javion “Jay” Shavonte Sullivan, 24, who was killed earlier this month in Iraq during a “non-combat related incident” while serving in the U.S. Army.

The other was Det. Mike Doty, a member of the York County Sheriff’s Office killed after responding to a Jan. 16 call in the York area. Doty lived and worked in Fort Mill.

Students wore black and blue, a prominent school color for each, in honor of both men.

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