Miguel Angel Mena
August 27, 2002 -
August 25, 2018

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Miguel Angel Mena, born August 27, 2002, died August 25, 2018. Miguel was the son of Antonio (Tara) Rico of Los Angeles, CA and Sheila Locke Rico of Fayetteville, TN. In addition to his parents, he is survived by sisters, Alicia, Isabel, and Elizabeth, and preceded in death by his brother, Jay. Also surviving is his great-grandmother Gregoria De La Fuente, and his grandparents, William and Toni Locke of Fayetteville, TN and Ricardo and Nelis Rico of Los Angeles, CA. Surviving uncles and aunts are Stephan and Katy Locke, David Locke, Alina and Ricardo Rico, Arturo Rico, Nelly and Steve Blustajn, Maria Beatriz Sandi. Surviving cousins are Will and Ellie Locke, Joselyn Locke, Eileen Rico, Janette Rico, Christopher Rico, Daniel Rico, Maria Isabel Rico, Valerie Rico, Ashley Blustajn, Emily Blustajn, Alberto J. Sandi. He is survived by Oahu ohana Moses Chang-Nuusolia, Edgar DeLeon, and Niki Pestel. He is also survived by Cade Hopkins whom he considered his brother and all of his beloved friends.

Miguel was in the 10th grade at Fayetteville City High School and he enjoyed playing basketball and Fort Nite. Miguel was an outgoing, funny, loyal, and compassionate young man whose spirit touched everyone he met. He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. A Life Celebration Service will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville, Tennessee from 12:00– 1:00 p.m. A brief eulogy will be presented at 1:00 pm. Casual Attire.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Miguel Mena Memorial Fund at any First National Bank location, mail to Sheila L Rico at 117 High Ave, Fayetteville, TN 37334, or bring your donation to the memorial service. The funds will go towards building an enclosed, safe, and secure multipurpose play pad / basketball court that will be accessed through the Fayetteville Recreation Center Building to provide an area for a variety of programming and unstructured play for our community.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Miguel Angel Mena.

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52 Comments

  1. Miracle

    Hey, just wanted to let you know I miss you Miguel. 2018 seems like yesterday. My heart still breaks til this day. We’ve had so many friends pass away since. I know you’re partying with every single one of them up there! I know you’re beyond happy to see Billy’s silly self. I know your eyes were ready, the world was heavy, so you needed your rest. I feel like I failed you. I’ve never understood why you left us, Just wish we could have had our late night talks one more time. Goodnight Miguel, sleep tight. <3 you.

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  2. Angie Largura

    My heart breaks for your family

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  3. Carol Bailey

    Shelia, I am one of many who are blessed to see you and your sweet smile at D.W. I am thinking and praying for you and your family. I am so sad for you and your family at this time and understand no words can heal your pain. Please know you can reach out to the early morning crew if there is anything we can do for you. May God surround you with His presence.

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  4. Juanita McElroy and family

    Shelia and Family I am so sorry for your loss he was good friends with my grandson and nephew.I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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  5. Jakius

    Love you Miguel you were like a big brother to me

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  6. Missy & Forrest

    Love and peace to you all, dear cousin. Miguel was a such a sweet soul. His passing leaves a hole in our family. Our hearts hurt for you, Sheila.

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  7. Chris Law

    Sheila (and family), I am so sorry. Sending you much love, prayers and strength.

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  8. Riley Scmoche

    I don’t Miguel at all but when I heard this story it broke my heart. REST EASY MIGUEL

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  9. Calee Gentry

    Sending love and prayers to the family of Miguel. Tons of love it’s so hard to believe that you’re really gone): Fly high buddy):

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  10. Calee Gentry

    Hard to believe that you’re really gone… Rest easy Miguel. I love you.

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  11. Maria D Sanchez

    Rest in peace, Miguel.
    Prying for comfort for Tony, Isabel, Alicia, Sheila, Nelis y Quico, Gregoria, and the rest of the entirely family.
    Love.

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  12. Veronica M. Windows

    I’m so sorry for your loss~ I too have experienced losing a son and my heart really hurts for this beautiful family~ May God wrap His loving arms around this family.

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  13. Stacey Butcher-Cotter

    My heart breaks for you and your family Sheila. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.

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  14. Kay Johnson

    Love and peace to this family and this child. praying for you Sheila so hard to understand

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  15. Pam Thompson

    May God give peace and comfort to your heart and soul. No one knows the loss more than a mother. I pray God will wrap arms around you and hold you tight. Sweet peace to Miguel. I ask God grant comfort to all those friends who are so torn by Miguel’s death. Let us help one another.

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  16. Pam Thompson

    May God give peace and comfort to your heart and soul. No one knows the loss more than a mother. I pray God will wrap arms around you and hold you tight. Sweet peace to Miguel. I ask God grant comfort to all those friends who are so torn by Miguel’s death. Let us help one another.

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  17. Farris Ralston

    I am heartsick over this tragic ending. I remember Miguel as a sweet soul. God bless all of his family and friends who will surely miss him.

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  18. Barbara Faulkner

    Sheila and Family, our community is reeling due to the loss of your son.

    My heart reaches out to you, praying for God’s comfort.

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  19. Savannah Grubbs

    As my heart is breaking to know that the loss of not only a great person, but my best friend. I will always miss that smile of you walking in the door and making the whole class happy. You knew how to make me and everyone laugh! Thank you for the endless laughs and or great memories that we made. God blessed me that he put you in my life! This is not the way i was expecting to spend your birthday.. Fly high Miguel you will always be missed and just know that everyone misses you and that you were so dearly loved by so many people. It breaks my heart to see you gone and not being able to talk to you…. but i know that you are with me every step of the way. I love you Miguel!!! Only God knows how much i love and miss you!! I want to say I’m sorry for your loss of Miguel to his parents as this is a tragic loss. Yall have raised a great boy and he has made a impact on my life and I’m grateful that i got to spend some of my life with him as my best friend!!!

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  20. Jennifer Lindsay and OmniVisions

    Sheila, my heart breaks with you and the girls! I’m so sorry you are having to experience the loss of such an amazing kid! May God bring you comfort!

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  21. Shantell Layne Scott

    Sheila, my heart broke to hear this news. To say I’m sorry just doesn’t do it. You and your family are in our prayers. Love you.

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  22. Amy Arrick Hall

    Dear Sheila and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. There have been many kind compliments about Miguel and testimonies from the lives he has touched. May his memory live on forever in the hearts of his friends and precious family. I will be praying for you all, for comfort only the Lord can provide.

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  23. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Dear Miguel’s family, My heart breaks for you and no words can help as much as just Praying for peace and knowing how much he was loved. I have heard so many nice things about him. We do not know what makes these things happen but it is so hard on the family. You will be in my Prayers. I know how hard this is and how much you want him back. Love to all of you. Joyce Kelso Johnson

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  24. Penny

    My prayers go out to this family. My daughter wasa good friend of his and is very upset. May God some how bring you peace.

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  25. Penny Wright

    Shelia,
    I am so sorry for you during this time. Many prayers for you and your family and his friends. I pray y’all clinge to God at this time and I Prayer you can feel his love all around.
    Love , Penny ( I was your mail carrier for several years.)

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  26. Shaterra King Miller

    Sheila,
    Praying for comfort and strength for you and your family. You all have my deepest sympathy.

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  27. Kade

    Miguel touched each life he walked into. There wasn’t a person he couldn’t make smile. He meant so much to me and so many others. His legacy will forever live on. fly high! ❤️??

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  28. Connie Matthews

    Sorry for your loss

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  29. Rickey Honey

    Prayers to the family!

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  30. Amber Hopkins

    I love you so much little brother. I can’t wait for the day that I get to see you again. You will forever hold a place in mine and Cades hearts.

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  31. Hillary Kee

    Dear Sheila, we are all so deeply sorry for the loss of Miguel. I am praying for you throughout the day everyday that God will be close to you as you walk this valley of the shadow of death. Many tears and hugs to you.

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  32. Michael, Paula, and Drew Whisenant

    We are completely heartbroken for Miguel and his family. Please know that our thoughts are with you and our prayers are going up for you. May God wrap his healing arms around each of you and bring you comfort during this tragic time. We are so very, very sorry.

    Reply
  33. Marisabel Rico

    rest easy, miguel. i will miss you so much, you were such a handsome young man with a beautiful personality. you will always be in my heart. love you, miguel ❤️

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  34. Edgar deleon ( hawaii)

    Our heart is broken and I have no words , I and my son Noa , we had the great honor to share years of happiness together here in Hawaii, in
    I going to miss you Miguel ! we will love and remember for a life time

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  35. Diane Flynt Buchanan

    I am so sorry about the death of your beloved son, brother, and grandson. I didn’t personally know Miguel, I have heard so many wonderful things about him from many of his school friends. My prayers are with each one of you during this sad time

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  36. JAY & LISA TUCKER

    Dear Sheila and family, Lisa and I are so sorry for your great loss. We are continuing to pray for each of you for peace and comfort that only our Lord can provide. God bless you and hold you in His loving arms.

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  37. Robbie Bates

    Sheila and family, my heart aches for all of you. Miguel was a smart, energetic, charismatic young man. I’ll always remember his beautiful smile and polite ways. I cant imagine the pain and hurt that you all are going through. I truly cant. Miguel and my boys had many fun times that will never be forgotten. I pray all of you find some peace and comfort in the days ahead. Rest in peace, sweet child. Happy 16th Birthday. Love, Kobe, Kade, Kara, and Ms. Robbie.

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  38. Crissy McAnally

    My heart is broken! Miguel and Cade is brothers at heart and soul.. Sheila I pray God gives you peace. Miguel you will never be forgotten! I love you son!! Happy Birthday
    Ms Crissy

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  39. Karen Gilliam

    My heart aches for this young man’s family. Prayers of thanksgiving for his life and prayers of understanding for the family.

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  40. Wanda Shelton

    I am so sad to read of Miguel’s death. Praying for his family and his school family. Sheila, Toni, and Will- my thoughts are with you. Praying for your family.

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  41. Eli Dotson

    He was the light in our group there was never a time with him that a wasn’t laugh until I cried. We miss him he was and will forever be a part of us.

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  42. Brenda Smith

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Miguel was such a sweet boy when I knew him through Upward Basketball. He’s gone way too soon!

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  43. Rebecca Scivally-Blake's mom

    Hello to Miguel’s mother. I am Blake’s mother I want to say I am truly sorry my heart hurts for you. When Blake told me what had happened Saturday morning I just broke down and cried losing Miguel hit close to home. I talked to Miguel the times Blake stayed the night with him and always a blessing to talk with. The family should be celebrating his 16th birthday instead of planning a home going for him. Just please know even though you and I only spoke on the phone once if you need anything at all please reach out to me. We try to do everything in this world to protect our children. Blake really enjoyed Miguel as his friend and I am truly blessed to know my son had Miguel as a friend. You will stay in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for anything.

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  44. Lenace Hyde Vaughn

    Sheila and family,
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I did not know Miguel but I am praying peace for you in the coming days.
    Love to you and your family!
    Lenace Hyde Vaughn

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  45. Toni Locke

    27 August 2018. This is not the sixteenth birthday your family would have planned for you, Miguel. You made all who knew you “one big happy ohana” with your true aloha spirit. Peace and love from Grandmom and Granddad

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  46. Victoria Partain

    I didn’t know him personally but he seem to be a good guy. He was a funny, nice, and he was just a great human being.

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  47. kaitlyn

    rest easy Miguel, i love you man.

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  48. Lillian Mayo

    We would like to reach out to this family that lost a son, a grandchild from Victory Chapel Church, 35 Simmons Cr, Fayetteville,TN 37334. Pastor Charles & Lillian Mayo. We are praying for them! Spanish interpreter available!

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    • Calee Gentry

      Hard to believe that you’re really gone… Rest easy Miguel. I love you.

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      • Ginger Borja

        My sincere condolences goes out to the family and friends of Miguel. May God comfort each one of you through this difficult time of loss. Sincerely, Ginger Borja of San Diego

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    • Ginger Borja

      My sincere condolences goes out to the family and friends of Miguel. May God bless each and every one of you during this difficult time of loss. Let us all remember that Ohana means family in Hawaiian. Aloha means hello and goodbye. Show others love by embracing them with spirit of Aloha. Ginger Borja

      Reply
  49. Maretta Clayborne

    much love to his Mom, Sheila & sisters Alecia & Isabel – love, Mercy

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52 Comments

  1. Miracle

    Hey, just wanted to let you know I miss you Miguel. 2018 seems like yesterday. My heart still breaks til this day. We’ve had so many friends pass away since. I know you’re partying with every single one of them up there! I know you’re beyond happy to see Billy’s silly self. I know your eyes were ready, the world was heavy, so you needed your rest. I feel like I failed you. I’ve never understood why you left us, Just wish we could have had our late night talks one more time. Goodnight Miguel, sleep tight. <3 you.

    Reply
  2. Angie Largura

    My heart breaks for your family

    Reply
  3. Carol Bailey

    Shelia, I am one of many who are blessed to see you and your sweet smile at D.W. I am thinking and praying for you and your family. I am so sad for you and your family at this time and understand no words can heal your pain. Please know you can reach out to the early morning crew if there is anything we can do for you. May God surround you with His presence.

    Reply
  4. Juanita McElroy and family

    Shelia and Family I am so sorry for your loss he was good friends with my grandson and nephew.I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Reply
  5. Jakius

    Love you Miguel you were like a big brother to me

    Reply
  6. Missy & Forrest

    Love and peace to you all, dear cousin. Miguel was a such a sweet soul. His passing leaves a hole in our family. Our hearts hurt for you, Sheila.

    Reply
  7. Chris Law

    Sheila (and family), I am so sorry. Sending you much love, prayers and strength.

    Reply
  8. Riley Scmoche

    I don’t Miguel at all but when I heard this story it broke my heart. REST EASY MIGUEL

    Reply
  9. Calee Gentry

    Sending love and prayers to the family of Miguel. Tons of love it’s so hard to believe that you’re really gone): Fly high buddy):

    Reply
  10. Calee Gentry

    Hard to believe that you’re really gone… Rest easy Miguel. I love you.

    Reply
  11. Maria D Sanchez

    Rest in peace, Miguel.
    Prying for comfort for Tony, Isabel, Alicia, Sheila, Nelis y Quico, Gregoria, and the rest of the entirely family.
    Love.

    Reply
  12. Veronica M. Windows

    I’m so sorry for your loss~ I too have experienced losing a son and my heart really hurts for this beautiful family~ May God wrap His loving arms around this family.

    Reply
  13. Stacey Butcher-Cotter

    My heart breaks for you and your family Sheila. I am so, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all.

    Reply
  14. Kay Johnson

    Love and peace to this family and this child. praying for you Sheila so hard to understand

    Reply
  15. Pam Thompson

    May God give peace and comfort to your heart and soul. No one knows the loss more than a mother. I pray God will wrap arms around you and hold you tight. Sweet peace to Miguel. I ask God grant comfort to all those friends who are so torn by Miguel’s death. Let us help one another.

    Reply
  16. Pam Thompson

    May God give peace and comfort to your heart and soul. No one knows the loss more than a mother. I pray God will wrap arms around you and hold you tight. Sweet peace to Miguel. I ask God grant comfort to all those friends who are so torn by Miguel’s death. Let us help one another.

    Reply
  17. Farris Ralston

    I am heartsick over this tragic ending. I remember Miguel as a sweet soul. God bless all of his family and friends who will surely miss him.

    Reply
  18. Barbara Faulkner

    Sheila and Family, our community is reeling due to the loss of your son.

    My heart reaches out to you, praying for God’s comfort.

    Reply
  19. Savannah Grubbs

    As my heart is breaking to know that the loss of not only a great person, but my best friend. I will always miss that smile of you walking in the door and making the whole class happy. You knew how to make me and everyone laugh! Thank you for the endless laughs and or great memories that we made. God blessed me that he put you in my life! This is not the way i was expecting to spend your birthday.. Fly high Miguel you will always be missed and just know that everyone misses you and that you were so dearly loved by so many people. It breaks my heart to see you gone and not being able to talk to you…. but i know that you are with me every step of the way. I love you Miguel!!! Only God knows how much i love and miss you!! I want to say I’m sorry for your loss of Miguel to his parents as this is a tragic loss. Yall have raised a great boy and he has made a impact on my life and I’m grateful that i got to spend some of my life with him as my best friend!!!

    Reply
  20. Jennifer Lindsay and OmniVisions

    Sheila, my heart breaks with you and the girls! I’m so sorry you are having to experience the loss of such an amazing kid! May God bring you comfort!

    Reply
  21. Shantell Layne Scott

    Sheila, my heart broke to hear this news. To say I’m sorry just doesn’t do it. You and your family are in our prayers. Love you.

    Reply
  22. Amy Arrick Hall

    Dear Sheila and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. There have been many kind compliments about Miguel and testimonies from the lives he has touched. May his memory live on forever in the hearts of his friends and precious family. I will be praying for you all, for comfort only the Lord can provide.

    Reply
  23. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Dear Miguel’s family, My heart breaks for you and no words can help as much as just Praying for peace and knowing how much he was loved. I have heard so many nice things about him. We do not know what makes these things happen but it is so hard on the family. You will be in my Prayers. I know how hard this is and how much you want him back. Love to all of you. Joyce Kelso Johnson

    Reply
  24. Penny

    My prayers go out to this family. My daughter wasa good friend of his and is very upset. May God some how bring you peace.

    Reply
  25. Penny Wright

    Shelia,
    I am so sorry for you during this time. Many prayers for you and your family and his friends. I pray y’all clinge to God at this time and I Prayer you can feel his love all around.
    Love , Penny ( I was your mail carrier for several years.)

    Reply
  26. Shaterra King Miller

    Sheila,
    Praying for comfort and strength for you and your family. You all have my deepest sympathy.

    Reply
  27. Kade

    Miguel touched each life he walked into. There wasn’t a person he couldn’t make smile. He meant so much to me and so many others. His legacy will forever live on. fly high! ❤️??

    Reply
  28. Connie Matthews

    Sorry for your loss

    Reply
  29. Rickey Honey

    Prayers to the family!

    Reply
  30. Amber Hopkins

    I love you so much little brother. I can’t wait for the day that I get to see you again. You will forever hold a place in mine and Cades hearts.

    Reply
  31. Hillary Kee

    Dear Sheila, we are all so deeply sorry for the loss of Miguel. I am praying for you throughout the day everyday that God will be close to you as you walk this valley of the shadow of death. Many tears and hugs to you.

    Reply
  32. Michael, Paula, and Drew Whisenant

    We are completely heartbroken for Miguel and his family. Please know that our thoughts are with you and our prayers are going up for you. May God wrap his healing arms around each of you and bring you comfort during this tragic time. We are so very, very sorry.

    Reply
  33. Marisabel Rico

    rest easy, miguel. i will miss you so much, you were such a handsome young man with a beautiful personality. you will always be in my heart. love you, miguel ❤️

    Reply
  34. Edgar deleon ( hawaii)

    Our heart is broken and I have no words , I and my son Noa , we had the great honor to share years of happiness together here in Hawaii, in
    I going to miss you Miguel ! we will love and remember for a life time

    Reply
  35. Diane Flynt Buchanan

    I am so sorry about the death of your beloved son, brother, and grandson. I didn’t personally know Miguel, I have heard so many wonderful things about him from many of his school friends. My prayers are with each one of you during this sad time

    Reply
  36. JAY & LISA TUCKER

    Dear Sheila and family, Lisa and I are so sorry for your great loss. We are continuing to pray for each of you for peace and comfort that only our Lord can provide. God bless you and hold you in His loving arms.

    Reply
  37. Robbie Bates

    Sheila and family, my heart aches for all of you. Miguel was a smart, energetic, charismatic young man. I’ll always remember his beautiful smile and polite ways. I cant imagine the pain and hurt that you all are going through. I truly cant. Miguel and my boys had many fun times that will never be forgotten. I pray all of you find some peace and comfort in the days ahead. Rest in peace, sweet child. Happy 16th Birthday. Love, Kobe, Kade, Kara, and Ms. Robbie.

    Reply
  38. Crissy McAnally

    My heart is broken! Miguel and Cade is brothers at heart and soul.. Sheila I pray God gives you peace. Miguel you will never be forgotten! I love you son!! Happy Birthday
    Ms Crissy

    Reply
  39. Karen Gilliam

    My heart aches for this young man’s family. Prayers of thanksgiving for his life and prayers of understanding for the family.

    Reply
  40. Wanda Shelton

    I am so sad to read of Miguel’s death. Praying for his family and his school family. Sheila, Toni, and Will- my thoughts are with you. Praying for your family.

    Reply
  41. Eli Dotson

    He was the light in our group there was never a time with him that a wasn’t laugh until I cried. We miss him he was and will forever be a part of us.

    Reply
  42. Brenda Smith

    I’m so sorry for your loss! Miguel was such a sweet boy when I knew him through Upward Basketball. He’s gone way too soon!

    Reply
  43. Rebecca Scivally-Blake's mom

    Hello to Miguel’s mother. I am Blake’s mother I want to say I am truly sorry my heart hurts for you. When Blake told me what had happened Saturday morning I just broke down and cried losing Miguel hit close to home. I talked to Miguel the times Blake stayed the night with him and always a blessing to talk with. The family should be celebrating his 16th birthday instead of planning a home going for him. Just please know even though you and I only spoke on the phone once if you need anything at all please reach out to me. We try to do everything in this world to protect our children. Blake really enjoyed Miguel as his friend and I am truly blessed to know my son had Miguel as a friend. You will stay in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to me for anything.

    Reply
  44. Lenace Hyde Vaughn

    Sheila and family,
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I did not know Miguel but I am praying peace for you in the coming days.
    Love to you and your family!
    Lenace Hyde Vaughn

    Reply
  45. Toni Locke

    27 August 2018. This is not the sixteenth birthday your family would have planned for you, Miguel. You made all who knew you “one big happy ohana” with your true aloha spirit. Peace and love from Grandmom and Granddad

    Reply
  46. Victoria Partain

    I didn’t know him personally but he seem to be a good guy. He was a funny, nice, and he was just a great human being.

    Reply
  47. kaitlyn

    rest easy Miguel, i love you man.

    Reply
  48. Lillian Mayo

    We would like to reach out to this family that lost a son, a grandchild from Victory Chapel Church, 35 Simmons Cr, Fayetteville,TN 37334. Pastor Charles & Lillian Mayo. We are praying for them! Spanish interpreter available!

    Reply
    • Calee Gentry

      Hard to believe that you’re really gone… Rest easy Miguel. I love you.

      Reply
      • Ginger Borja

        My sincere condolences goes out to the family and friends of Miguel. May God comfort each one of you through this difficult time of loss. Sincerely, Ginger Borja of San Diego

        Reply
    • Ginger Borja

      My sincere condolences goes out to the family and friends of Miguel. May God bless each and every one of you during this difficult time of loss. Let us all remember that Ohana means family in Hawaiian. Aloha means hello and goodbye. Show others love by embracing them with spirit of Aloha. Ginger Borja

      Reply
  49. Maretta Clayborne

    much love to his Mom, Sheila & sisters Alecia & Isabel – love, Mercy

    Reply

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