Alabama student who was fatally shot remembered as promising young man

Alabama News

ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — A week after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in Enterprise, his family and the community are still in shock over the loss of a student and athlete who seemed set for bigger things.

On Tuesday morning, a memorial service was held for the students and faculty at Enterprise High School for Myquell Smith, a freshman who was also considered one of the top athletes in the country. On Nov. 24, Smith was shot, while riding as a passenger in a car near downtown Enterprise. Deandre Flowers, 28, has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting.

Michael Smith, Myquell’s father, said his son was well loved by everyone who met him. For the family, the tragedy is difficult to put into words.

“Man, you always hear about kids having to bury their parents, this hits differently because you really don’t prepare for this. To bury your child, especially your baby, this will take awhile to heal from,” Michael said.

Myquell’s teachers say the ninth-grader was a top student and quickly becoming one of the top athletes statewide as a ninth-grader. He recently took top honors in the 100-Meter dash in the National Junior Olympics in Jacksonville, Florida.

“And that was the great thing he provided for them,” said Joel Kirkland, head football coach at Coppinville Junior High School, adding that Smith was one of the best players he ever coached. “He was a great friend and I think that’s what they’ll be able to gather together again and celebrate his memory and try to move past this tragedy.”

“Just to know that he touched so many hearts before this incident,” Michael said. “It brings so much remorse and happiness that he brought before this incident, but still it will never replace Myquell.”

Myquell Smith’s funeral will take place at the Daleville Christian Fellowship at noon Saturday. The viewing will take place at the church from 10 a.m. till noon prior to the service.

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