Emotional service remembers Fort Worth teen killed at SXSW

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on April 5, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 11:20 PM

FORT WORTH — An emotional but uplifting service was held for De'Andre Tatum at Great Commission Baptist Church Saturday morning.

The former Trimble Tech High School student, 18, was one of four people killed when a suspected drunk driver plowed into a crowded area at the South By Southwest festival in Austin on March 13.

Tatum was remembered as a young man who loved football and track, and lived every day to the fullest with a classic sense of fashion.

"We celebrate birthdays, but we ought to celebrate days," Pastor Douglas Brown said. "We've gotta make every day count."

More than 200 family and friends packed into the church.

Tatum's cousin, Ty O'Neal, read a poem from the first-person perspective of De'Andre, and highlighted his loving relationship with his girlfriend, Tish Davis.

"If you saw me, you saw her. We held it together and had the best times. Some don't experience what we shared in a lifetime," O'Neal read.

Davis, who suffered a broken leg and head wounds during the accident, attended the service and fought back tears as she said her goodbyes.

Tatum's mother was also a pillar of strength, leading a procession of family and friends into the service.

The Trimble Tech Alumni Association said it plans to create a memorial to honor Tatum, the three others who were killed at SXSW, and the injured.

The suspected drunk driver, 21-year-old Rashad Owens, is facing a capital murder charge and multiple assault charges in Austin.

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