Northwest High student remembered for her mischievousness, kindness

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by LAUREN ZAKALIK

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Posted on February 14, 2014 at 6:59 PM

DENTON -- How do you say goodbye to someone whose life has only just begun?

"There is not a life here ShyAnn did not touch," said Stan Durham, who spoke at the funeral Friday for 16-year-old ShyAnn Hooper.

There was hardly a seat left in the First Baptist Church in Denton Friday. Flowers adorned Hooper's casket.

She was killed Monday night in a car accident on an icy FM 156. Her family said she was driving home from track practice at Northwest High School in Justin.

ShyAnn was also a star on the basketball team. Her coach and her teammamtes stood before mourners and retired her No. 24 jersey.

"The Lady Texan basketball program lost an incredible lady," said coach Rusty Johnson, but added he knows she'll be at every game watching over them.

You could hear people crying softly in the pews as we heard about a young woman who loved her pet pig, had a mischievous streak to her, and would give anything to help others out.

Her uncle, Grant Bowles, said her father was looking forward to walking her down the aisle one day.

"I know ShyAnn is in a better place, but it still hurts," he said.

More than 200 gathered for a vigil for ShyAnn Wednesday night.

ShyAnn's friend, Brianna Christensen, was also injured in the accident but survived. The driver of the other vehicle has not been charged yet in the incident.

E-mail lzakalik@wfaa.com

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