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Remembering Matthew

Published: 8:47 AM, 01/30/2013

Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

SWEETWATER-Sometimes someone special comes along. They bring joy and laughter to all of the people around them.

That's how the community is remembering Matthew Daniels.

The 15-year-old Sweetwater High freshman died after he accidentally shot himself Thursday afternoon while handling a family handgun.

Police say Daniels was killed when the gun discharged at his home.

"It's a tragedy for the family and the community," Sweetwater Police Chief Eddie Byrum said.

Since the accident, family, friends, fellow students and the community have paid tribute to the young man who no doubt had a bright future in front of him. A large memorial was held at the school Sunday in honor of the young man, who not only was a good student, but a good athlete as well. He was also quick with a joke, but more importantly, he was a friend to everyone.

"Matthew was a great kid," Sweetwater High Principal David Watts said. "He had a great sense of humor. He brought joy."

See full story in the Wednesday, Jan. 30, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

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