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In Loving Memory of La’Taurus Smith (2007-2023)

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On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at a trail riding event in Port Hudson, what was meant to be a fun outing turned into a night of terror and tragedy. La’Taurus Smith (11) tragically passed due to reckless gun use. Minutes later, the news of Smith’s passing spread on social media like wildfire, causing mass mourning among students.  

Tristan Lee (11), a dear friend of Smith’s, spoke on the morning announcements on Monday, December 4, to say a few words in honor of Smith.  

Denoting Smith’s humorous personality, Lee reminiscences Smith’s ability to make people laugh and his love for making music. Meeting Smith two years ago during their freshman year, their friendship was instantaneous.  

“He meant everything to me; he was my right-hand man. If you saw me at school, you’d see that I really loved him,” Lee (11) said.

Lee recalls the night of Smith’s passing, which he was unfortunately a witness to.  

“All I could think was that it wasn’t true, and we were dreaming. But when I [realized], I just sat there and broke down,” Lee (11) said.

Smith’s passing taught Lee to be careful; he encouraged his classmates to pray for everyone. A red balloon release was held in his honor following the Junior Ring Ceremony, on December 7.

“It was good, just a crazy good night. I really appreciate everybody who came out,” Lee (11) said.

La’Taurus’ passing is a devastating loss to our school and his friends and family. It’s a lesson learned to be conscientious of our surroundings and to look out for our loved ones. May La’Taurus rest in the utmost peace. 

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Alyvia Pierson, Online News Co-Editor-in Chief
Alyvia Pierson (12) is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the The Hoofprint Online News. This is her third year apart of Zachary Student Media and her second year working as the editor of the newspaper. Alyvia's extracurriculars include Varsity cheer, NHS, Beta, and Upper-Class Mentoring. Outside of school, Alyvia enjoys freelance writing, reading, napping, watching Netflix, and rocking out to BTS!
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    CailynDec 8, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    This is so heartbreaking. No one should ever have to experience something like this. LLL ️

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    LaChandle SmithDec 8, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    As the mother of La’Taurus Demarcaze Smith, I personally want to thank Zachary High School (staff and students) for loving my son!! Just knowing when we moved to Zachary two years ago that he would have this much impact on you all. ZHS will always have a special place in my heart!! Thank you all again!!

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    BrielleDec 8, 2023 at 1:35 pm

    I always seen him in the hallway walking to his class he didn’t deserve it at all

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