DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) - Family and friends continue to ask for support from the community for a GoFundMe account set up to support the Sheats family.
Last weekend, people gathered to remember Taylor and Madison Sheats, who were shot and killed by their mother last month in Houston.
The Sheats family requested privacy as they laid Taylor and Madison to rest, so we stayed outside of Shelton Funeral Home, but we did talk to three friends of the father, Jason Sheats, who attended the service, who say it was a beautiful tribute to two young lives that ended entirely too soon. “So much stronger than I think a lot of us could have been," says Marsha Hill, a classmate of Jason Sheats.
Madison was 17 years old and excited about her future. Taylor was 22, an accomplished artist, and tragically, was just days away from marrying her fiance. “Everybody has said what great girls they were," says Benetta Petty, another classmate of Jason Sheats.
In addition to relatives, many were there to support the grieving father. “We’re a family," said Jason Hood, a classmate of the father. “It don’t matter where they live, how far they are. Most of my friends live within 20 minutes of my house. I don’t see them but still, if somebody needs me, I’d go to Texas right now for Jason if he needed me to,"
Marsha, Benetta, and Jason were a part of 40 classmates from the East Lawrence High School Class of 1989, there for support. “We’re praying for Jason as a class, we love him, he knows that, he appreciates the support we have showed him as a class," said Hill.
They say, despite his profound grief, Jason found the strength to talk about his "baby girls" at the service. “We know that he was a wonderful father," says Petty.
In the eulogy, Jason shared one of his household rules, never walk out the door without saying 'I love you.' “If they didn’t say it, they had to walk back inside the house to say I love you. And that means a whole lot to me," said Hood.
As devastating as it is to know Jason's girls won't walk through the door again, his friends say Jason will get through this through the power of prayer. “Yea that was one of the things he spoke highly of, love and having a relationship with God. And if you don’t have that, then you pretty much don’t have anything," says Petty.
Taylor and Madison were buried July 2 at Limestone Memorial Gardens in Athens.