UPDATED 5-17 11:30am
A teenage boy known for his exceptional academics and extra-curricular activities is being celebrated on what would have been his 16th birthday.
The birthday celebration for Reshard Morrell was nothing short of a good time. Cake, balloons, music and laughter filled the air, and those closest to Morrell say he wouldn't have had it any other way.
"He would want it this way. Like I said earlier, we were planning so much to do for his 16th birthday," said Morrell's mother Wanda Norton.
Monday (5-16) would have been Morrell's 16th birthday, but he never lived to see the day. He was an innocent bystander outside of a teen party at the Elks Lodge in late April when he was gunned down.
But Morrell's mother says this day is not about how her son died, rather the way he lived; in a way that would make any mother proud.
"He was my baby, I mean he was so sweet. Anything I asked of him he did it without breathing hard. Everything was yes ma'am, yes mama, I love you," said Morrell's mother.
Morrell was a member of the boys choir of Tallahassee, a tight nit group that's having a difficult time coping with the loss of one of their voices.
"Reshard was always the one who had everyone laughing. He never was scared to do anything," said Choir member, Forrest Price.
"We knew that Reshard was a great kid, an academically smart kid, so we want to celebrate his life," said Choir director, Earle Lee.
And part of celebrating who he was is partaking in the things he loved to do. Things like singing.
[UPDATE] 5-17 9am -
Family and friends gather to celebrate the life if a teenager fatally gunned down in late April.
Members of the Boys Choir of Tallahassee joined Reshard Morrell's family at FAMU's music hall to celebrate what would have been Morrell's 16th birthday.
Morrell was an innocent bystander when he was shot to death at a teen party at the Elks Lodge.
Last night, those who know Morrell celebrated his birthday with music, games, cake, and balloons.
They say that's how he would have wanted it.
"He would want it this way. Like I said earlier, we were planning so many things to do for his birthday because he brought his grades up," says Wanda Norton.
19-year-old Darnell Eutsay was arrested for Morrell's death, but his mother says she has no vengeful feelings toward Eutsay. She says she only hopes he repents for what he did.
[UPDATE] 5-16 -
May 16 marks what should have been a celebration for friends and family of a local teenager.
May 16th would have been the 16th Birthday of Reshard Morrell, a 15 year old bystander who was shot and killed last month after a party at the Elk's Lodge in Tallahassee.
Morrell was a 10th grader at Rickards High School, on the football team and a member of the Tallahassee Boys Choir.
His fellow choir members will honor his memory with a birthday party at the Foster-Tanner Recital Hall on FAMU's campus.
Monday, May 16, 2011 will be Reshard Morrell's 16th birthday. Morrell was killed almost a month ago when a stray bullet hit him during a shooting at the Tallahassee Elk's Lodge. His fellow choir members asked to have a birthday party to honor his memory. His Mother gave her blessings and asked if she and her daughters could attend. The party will take place on Monday, May 16, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. at the Foster/Tanner Recital Hall located on the campus of FAMU. For further information, call (850) 528-2403.