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Family Of Shooting Victim Speaks Out

An east Texas family grieves tonight over the violent end of a young mans life.  Just a day after his murder, the family of Price Horton speaks out saying their loved one did not deserve to have his life taken.

Price Horton, 21 of Gilmer was killed Friday morning in a vicious drive by shooting.  Horton was driving along Highway 155 in Smith county, near Chapman Road when he was shot multiple times.  Horton's room at his family's house in Upshur County remains exactly the same as when he attended high school.  It's all his mother has to remember him by now.

"I thank God for my son, for allowing me to have him for 21 years," said Horton's mother Cecilia Hawkins.  "It's me today, but tomorrow it could be somebody else's son."  Hawkins says they were very close, and that she lost more than just a son.

"He was my best friend," said Hawkins.  "He would come to me and tell me everything.  He's going to be missed, and he's going to always be with me wherever I go in my heart because I love him."  Horton's family also says he was a loving father to his one year old son.

"He was a good father to his son, and he really had a lot of love in his heart for his family," said Horton's Step-Father Glen Hawkins.  Regardless of why it happened, Horton's family wants the public to know his life had meaning to them.

"He definitely had value," said Glen.  "He meant a lot to us, and we don't want him just pushed aside, or just forgotten about because he meant a lot to the family.  We're going to be at a great loss because of not having him here."

"To those mothers out there that have a son, be thankful that you have somebody because you don't know what tomorrow is going to bring," said Hawkins.  Horton's family also wants everyone to know Horton had gone to Texas college and was trying make changes in his life.

"He always watched over me, and he stood up for me," said Horton's younger sister Latasha.  

"I'm going to miss him so much," said Hawkins.  Horton's family says the only thing they want now is justice, hoping those responsible for his death will be caught and punished.

Horton did have a criminal history in Upshur County.  Authorities say they do not have any suspects and are still trying to determine how many shooters were involved.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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