HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg's fifth homicide this year claimed the life of not only a young man, but a gifted football player and friend.
Corey Husband was shot and killed Sunday afternoon inside a car, but his friends and family want everyone to remember Husband for how he lived and not how he died.
To his friends on the football team, Corey was not only a great wide receiver, but valued as a hard worker and great friend.
"I was pretty close to him, not only was I his coach but he was like a little brother to me," wide-receiver coach Kelvin Bolden said.
On the football field, he was known as number seven and described as a star athlete for both Forrest County AHS and PRCC.
"He was always wiling to learn, always willing to work, always willing to go to the extra mile to be better than he was yesterday," Bolden said.
He played for PRCC during the 2014 and 2015 season, and his teammates described him as someone they could always look up to.
"He took me under his wing, him and a couple other guys and we been tight ever since then," teammate Tyler Jack said.
This death hits closest to home for Joronnie Hinton, who was his cousin and fellow wide receiver on the football field.
"It just hit me like Corey, Ah not Corey," Hinton said.
With this loss still fresh in his mind, Hinton said he wishes he could tell Husband that he loved him and was a great friend.
"Fly high, look over me," Hinton said.
The PRCC football team is meeting together to discuss ways to honor Husband's memory.