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Melissa Barnhill's daughters are in loving hands

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It was a single gunshot that took Melissa Barnhill's life. Her two little girls are without their mother. "They are happy children and loving children," said Harold Frickett, Chairman of the Board of Regents Academy. "To think that this happened to them is just such a heartache."

Melissa's 10-year-old described her best, when an essay she wrote titled "My Hero" was read at her monther's funeral. "Started talking about this nurse who took care of people in the ICU unit, who was always calling them sweetie, always cheering them up no matter how desperate the circumstances and then towards the very end of the essay she revealed that this was her mother, Melissa Barnhill," said Frickett.

Fickett said it feels like yesterday when he saw Melissa Barnhill pick-up her oldest daughter from the Regents Academy. "I knew what she was going through and I just put my arm around her and I said you know we're going to do our best by you and try to take care of you," said Frickett. "And we can't do that anymore and we all feel devastated by that. So we just need to do the best we possibly can for the children."

And they will. The Regents Academy has set-up a memorial fund to help the children's educational needs. Frickett said they're emotional needs are being met. "They are loved. People should be assured of that and everything that we can do to show them our love at this point is what we need to concentrate on," said Frickett.

Although Melissa Barnhill is no longer here, she will be forever remembered as her daughters hero.

If you would like to contribute to the Melissa Barnhill Memorial Scholarship Fund:

Please send or drop off your donations at the Regents Academy, located at 200 E. Stallings Dr. in Nacogdoches. All of the proceeds will benefit the Barnhill daughters' education.

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