Funeral Held for Slain Rickards Student

By: Jill Chandler, Jerry Askin Email
By: Jill Chandler, Jerry Askin Email

UPDATE 4-30-11 7:00 PM--

Tallahassee, FL ---

Wanda Norton was supported by thousands of people Saturday as she laid her 15-year-old son Reshard Morrell to rest.

Norton says, "I love everybody for coming, thank y'all so much! It's strengthening me so much to see all these people here that loved my son. Thank y'all so much!"

She goes on to say, "He was such a good kid, never did anything wrong, helped everybody - that's the way I taught him .... to love everyone, help everybody."

Her 15-year old boy was an innocent bystander who was shot and killed last Saturday, April 23 after a party at the Elk's Lodge in Tallahassee.

Reshard was in the Tallahassee Boys Choir and they sang several inspirational tunes at the funeral to celebrate his life.

"It was a celebration and that's how Ms Wanda, his mother, wanted it. She wanted a celebration, she didn't want a sad affair because Reshard was full of life," says Earle Lee - Director of the Tallahassee Boy's Choir.

Reshard was a 10th grader and on the football team at Rickards High School. The team wore their uniforms to his funeral in his memory. The school's football coach also gave encouraging words.

Rickards High School Football coach Rudy Hubbard says, "We deserve to celebrate because he had a short, but wonderful life and he was a very very special young man."

The school's quarterback Amion Carridine says, "He was just a good person, stand up guy. Nobody had no problems with him and he was just a good person."

Court records show that Darnell Eutsay is charged with killing Reshard and is being held at the Leon County Jail without bond.

He was appointed a public defender and ordered not to have any contact with known gang members.

UPDATE 4-30-11 12:35pm

Reshard Morrell funeral is Saturday at Bethel AME Church.

UPDATE 04-29-2010 at 6:20pm by Jerry Askin

Reshard Morrell's mother and other family members sat front row at a tribute in honor of the boy many say was an all-around good guy.

Phoencia Lasker is one of many Rickards High School students who filled the gym to remember classmate Reshard Morrell.

"It's kind of hard to lose a close friend, somebody that always kept you smiling that always kept you motivated. And Reshard was just a cool person to be around," says Lasker.

"He never really messed with nobody. He was just calm, cool, and I'll miss him," says Robert Hall, a cousin of Reshard.

The 15-year old was an innocent bystander who was fatally shot last Saturday after a party at the Elk's Lodge in Tallahassee. Many students embraced his loved ones at the memorial offering their condolences to the grieving family.

"He's a great kid, real good kid, real cool. So it's kind of hard to say why out of everybody at the party - why him?" says Ruby Ferguson, a friend of Reshard.

The school's band filled the gym with inspirational tunes, the choir sang several selections, and dancers from the school performed in Reshard's honor.

Reshard's English teacher gave students encouraging words during Friday's memorial, challenging them to make right decisions in life and not to let Reshard's death be in vain. Students also encouraged one another.

Robert Hall says, "No more crying, rejoice. Reshard is in a perfect place right now, and there's no mistake in him being there."
Tallahassee, Florida--

Students of Rickards High School have had a tough week with the loss of their classmate, Reshard Morrell...but Friday, they got a pep talk.

Brother to brother and sister to sister is a motivational assembly for the young men and women.

The girls heard from Ericka Dunlap, a former Miss America who told them to be proud of who they are and to be an individual.

The boys heard from county commissioner, Nick Maddox. Maddox shared his story of how he got adopted and talked to the young men about growing up to be good fathers.

The motivational speeches were well needed.

Shanika Mungin is a counselor at the school. She said, "It is so important to encourage our young people to really make a difference... not just get your education but use that education for social welfare issues."

The assemblies lasted for about an hour. Scheduled speakers included State Representative Darryl Rouson and First Lady of Tallahassee Jane Marks.

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  • by stephanie Location: tallahassee on May 1, 2011 at 02:46 PM
    reshard i miss you so much cuzzin i wish you were here to celebrate your birthday on the 16th but even tho your not here your spirit will live on, and i wish i could of been there for the whole funeral but i couldnt stand to see you just lye there knowing i wasnt gonna see you again it hurted me to see you and i freaked out and panicked and had a seizer and had to be taken away by the ambulance but atleast i came and showd my respect to you.i still love you and will always keep you in mind. again cuzzin i love you so so much!!!!! live on handsum!!!
  • by CANT BELIEVE THIS on May 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    i gotta be very doubtful that student would write this... it has to be someone making a joke of rickards, a very bad joke but i hope no one would post that comment. THIS DOES NOT represent our school at all.....
  • by JB on Apr 30, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    Rest in peace Reshard. Your time on Earth will never be forgotten. May God continue to comfort your family and cherish the memories of your short, but sweet life.
  • by Tynesha Location: Rickards on Apr 30, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Rest in peace young friend, where Shlitz Malt Liquor is lways on tap and BET is on every channel. You keepin it real up in the clouds now. We love you
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 30, 2011 at 07:47 PM in reply to Tynesha
      This comment is so ignorant!!!
    • reply
      by L on Apr 30, 2011 at 07:49 PM in reply to Tynesha
      This is a very ignorant comment.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 2, 2011 at 05:58 AM in reply to Tynesha
      Why do ignorant people even open their mouth, where u think he went? Duh
  • by Toby C Location: Tallahassee on Apr 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM
    May you enjoy eternal peace and happiness in the presence of our lord. I wish happiness and strength to your family and friends. Let us honor this young man by setting an example with our lives.
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      by Career on Apr 30, 2011 at 05:13 PM in reply to Toby C
      This young man led a life that makes him a perfect role Model for the young teenagers to make some changes in their life. Reshard I didn't know you but Honey it sound like your Parents did every thing right. God love all his children and he will accept you with his almighty hands. Rest on Baby and take your Rest...
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Apr 30, 2011 at 07:42 AM
    Go Redskins...................
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      by Cheryl on Apr 30, 2011 at 09:04 PM in reply to Jim
      You are an idiot! Parents lost their child. Evidently good parents that cared about their childs future. And he had a future ahead of him. God bless Reshard and his family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you comfort and strength to denure this heartache. I can not imagine what you are going through.
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