Family and friends celebrate shooting victim's life

By: Morgan Downing Email
By: Morgan Downing Email

DENISON, TX -- There were some tears, but even more laughter as family and friends reflected on the time they each had with Qualin Hayden. Though it will be a long road to healing, they came together Friday to try to begin that process.

Dozens poured into Fisher Funeral Home in Denison Friday night, to show their respects for 19-year-old Qualin Hayden and his family.

"Seeing all these people just makes it really that much more special to see how many friends he had, and how many people he touched," Hayden's cousin, Yantecia Douglas said.

Loved ones say Hayden was goofy, care free and excelled at everything he set his mind to.

"Qualin was like our go to guy. He was like the man," Brock Herd said.

Brock Herd grew up with Hayden and the two were teammates on the Sherman Bearcats basketball team. He says Hayden was an all-star when he hit the court.

"But, he was really unselfish. He knew when to share the ball, and kind of like carried over to the kind of person he was in life. Cause he was a really selfless, caring person," Herd said.

"Anything that he did, friendship, basketball, whatever it is. He shined at everything that he did," friend Christa Mundine said.

'We love you' and 'rest in peace' were just a few messages loved ones took turns writing on a basketball. Family members say when he wasn't on the basketball court, he was making everyone laugh with his one in a million smile.

"There's not another smile on the planet that could brighten your day. If you were feeling down, you could always rely on Qualin to turn that frown upside down," Mundine said.

"He's there when you need him, always. And it hurts that he's not going to be here no more to help us when we need him," Tiernee Mundine said.

"I'm gonna miss his love, man. I'm going to miss his love," Hayden's brother, Deontre Guess said.

They say although his life was cut short, they'll find the strength to get through this difficult time.

"We're all gonna pull together as a family. Love on each other, support one another and just rejoice in Qualin's life. Because he wouldn't want us crying," Mundine said.

Hayden's funeral is Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lighthouse Church in Denison.

The second victim, 23-year-old Floyd Clegg's wake is Tuesday night from 6 to 8 at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Colbert, with a funeral there the following morning at 11.


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