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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 4:35pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — The Horizon community continues to grieve after a well-loved, talented teen's life was cut short. Misael Hernandez was Horizon High School's 2014 salutatorian who drowned just one week after graduating. But as loved ones explain, it's not his death that sticks out, it's the legacy he leaves behind.
"I'm blessing you with everything I have,” those were some of the first few words Misael Hernandez said in his salutatorian speech delivered on June 7th for Horizon High School. Shared advice, along with a piece of his heart. "My family and I we've been looking back at events that led up to this and we just know it was God's plan for his life,” Ymaliz Ramirez, his sister said.
Monday, the community honored the teen who drowned at Amistad State Park at a church retreat on June 13th. "He did so many things in his short life that he fulfilled his purpose and his biggest goal was just to praise God.” They're celebrating his short, but very full life. "It's beautiful… we've been overwhelmed with love by not just the band but the whole community."
Misael was talented. Played the saxophone and proudly wore the title of Drum Major. Seen in a picture in his uniform with his best friend Joe. "They went ahead and retired his uniform that he used as Drum Major this last year which is very meaningful to us because band it was a big part of his life,” Ramirez said.
Misael would have been a freshman this fall at UTEP. Although it's hard to make sense of what would have been his future. "Appreciate the time we have. Be able to stand and look at everything around you and realize it's a blessing,” Angelic Foutch said of what she learned from Misael.
His loved ones remember his life and the impact Misael made on those who knew him. "Even though it does hurt and it's hard, to remember that's what he wanted,” Ramirez said.
"Because at the end of the day, if you choose what others want and end up unhappy, no one else will be there,” Misael said as he closed his salutatorian speech.
The Ancla Church will be holding a celebration of life for Misael on Tuesday from 5 to 7pm.
The church is located at 13575 Timothy Drive El Paso, Texas 79928.