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Shooting Victim Remembered In Gilmer

The victim in the Highway 155 shooting is being remembered by many in the community in Gilmer as a bright and energetic young man.  Price Horton was a 2004 graduate of Gilmer High School and he played on the 2004 state championship football team. And the news of his violent death came as a staggering shock to Gilmer educators.

"I personally knew him for a long time. Many of us have fond memories of Price. He was a very lively kid had a great sense of humor," said Gilmer High School principal Gary Whitwell.

Those who knew him say he was a good natured, likeable man and can't believe how he died.

"When I found out who it was, I thought it was terrible. [It is a] very bad tragedy. [It is] just awful how our young teens and kids are leaving this world so quickly. Nobody deserves to go that way," said family friend LaCuna Hamilton.

His former football coach said he gave everything he had  

"Tough kid, great smile, loved life, and a lot of fun. He would brighten your day. [He was] one of those kinds of kids," said Gilmer head football coach Jeff Traylor.

The Gilmer football team motto this year, ironically, is the dash: The space of your life between birth and death and what you do with the time in between.

"His life on Earth is over. Its been very sad for us. You don't think your players are going to go before you do," Traylor said.

Now friends can only mourn his passing.

"We'll never know what he'd have gone on to be," said family friend Lawrence Dixon.  

Funeral arrangements for price Horton are still pending.

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com.

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