Montgomery family, school mourns death of teen

Marceles Hatcher
Marceles Hatcher

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) -- Marceles Hatcher, 13, of Montgomery, is gone.

"I was just shocked because we just never expected that," explained Shywon Hatcher-Barlow, the girl's aunt.

Family members say she was sick for months.

Doctors treated her for walking pneumonia, but that wasn't the case.

Thursday, just after the sixth grader finished a test at E.D. Nixon Elementary, she collapsed in the nurse's office.  Hatcher died two days later.

"[Doctors] did a total body CAT scan, and they found out that she had a massive tumor on her brain stem," Hatcher-Barlow said.

The news shocked everyone who knew the vibrant teen.

"[She was a] very lively, bright young lady.  She would always stand out in a crowd," explained Principal Anthony Lewis of E.D. Nixon Elementary.

Grief counselors tended to the students.  Teachers, faced with an empty cubby and desk, read old homework assignments to ease the pain.

"I want to graduate from high school and go to college to learn to be a pediatrician. I'm a lucky girl to have family and friends that love me so much and care about me," Hatcher explained in an autobiography assignment.

Though teachers remember the *good* times, you can't help but notice a life lost so young and the impact Marceles Hatcher had on the people around her.

"It didn't hit me until I got here and I wasn't able to tell her, 'Good morning,' and realized she'd never walk back through those doors," explained Stephanie Crenshaw, one of Hatcher's teachers.

E.D. Nixon Elementary set up the Marceles Hatcher Memorial Fund at Regions Bank to help her family cover the costs of a funeral.

Hatcher's funeral will take place at New Life Church of God and Christ on Mobile Highway on Saturday, April 11th, at 11:00 AM.