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William David “Will” Lincoln

  • Birth 14 Dec 1995 Longview, Gregg County, Texas, USA
  • Death 19 Jun 2008 Hallsville, Harrison County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
  • Memorial ID 27705222

Bright eyes, beautiful smile, thoughtful, courteous, quiet, respectful and considerate. These are just some of the words to describe our great grandson, William David Lincoln. He loved the Lord and believed in prayer, having accepted Christ as his Savior and following Him in baptism at a young age. We were proud to be his great-Grandad and Memaw and none of us were ready to see him go. Our comfort comes from knowing that he is safe in the loving arms of Jesus, and that we will meet again.

-----Funeral services for William David "Will" Lincoln, 12, of Hallsville, who died after being shot in the head at about 1 p.m. Thursday while he was at a friend's house on Farm-to-Market Road 449, will be 2:00 pm Sunday, June 22, 2008 at First Baptist Church in Hallsville, TX with the Rev. David Massey and the Rev. Monty Pierce officiating, under the direction of Downs Funeral Home of Marshall..

Harrison County Sheriff Tom McCool said another 12-year-old was arraigned Friday morning before County Court-at-law Judge Jim Ammerman II and was detained at Willoughby Juvenile Detention Center.

William Lincoln, 12, died after being shot Thursday at a friend's home.

"He will be held over for at least 10 days for observation," McCool said. Because of the detainee's age, his name is being withheld.

Capt. Mike Alexander of the sheriff's office said the boy had been charged with negligent homicide.

An investigation into the matter continues, the sheriff said. "All of our findings will be filtered through the district attorney's office and I'm assuming that the sequence of events is that the DA will, at some point in the near future — when our investigation is complete — present everything to a grand jury."

District Attorney Joe Black said the charge against the shooter is the same as manslaughter, which means that one "caused the death of another by reckless conduct."

It differs from criminally negligent homicide which brings into play a "gross deviation" from standards of conduct which a normal person would interpret as having the potential for causing harm.

"Based on the facts we have, we believed it was in the best interest of the child to detain him," Black said of the boy who is now incarcerated.

Under the terms of his being held, the child is entitled to a second hearing before Ammerman within 10 days, Black said, at which time a decision will be made as to whether he should be returned to Willoughby or if "other placement" is appropriate.

Alexander said earlier in the day that standard procedure is that Ammerman will order a psychiatric evaluation of the detainee. "He's been through a traumatic experience too," he added.

Black said it is a "possibility" that charges will be filed against adult residents of the home. "Investigators will be looking at that to see if there is any evidence that would constitute a reason to take action against them," he said, adding that it would also be presented to a grand jury for consideration.

McCool said "several" guns were "seized as evidence" from the residence. "They were all loaded," he added.

In addition to the two 12-year-olds "there was a younger brother" at the house, and "the three of them were there alone," without adult supervision.

"We are still interviewing family members and friends," McCool said.

The sheriff also confirmed that there is a warning sign posted outside the house which reads "something to the effect that trespassers will be shot."

Family members of the boy now being held at Willoughby gathered outside Ammerman's courtroom on the first floor of the courthouse for the arraignment. All of them were in tears.

"It's a tragic situation on both sides," Black said. "The lives of two 12-year-olds and those of two families are now ruined."

Will was born Dec. 14, 1995, in Longview and lived on Cypress Drive in Hallsville. He attended Hallsville schools and was a member of First Baptist Church of Hallsville. He attended Vacation Bible School and was saved at the Cowboy Church in Hallsville.

He enjoyed athletics, playing football, baseball, basketball and also liked to swim and ride four-wheelers.

"Will was loved by all who knew him; he was very respectful to other people and was well-mannered," his obituary says.

Survivors include his parents, Jacob Wesley and Jolene Dorris of Hallsville; brothers, Anthony Lincoln and Dillon Lincoln; sister Kylie Dorris; grandparents Debra Lincoln of Longview, Wesley and Pamela Dorris of Jefferson, Bruce Fix of Hallsville and Susan Lincoln of Shreveport; great-grandparents, Don and Pat Wilson of Carthage; his aunts, Rachel Franklin of Jefferson and Rebecca Dorris and Melissa Harris, both of Longview, Harley Fix of Hallsville, Heather Dorris of Marshall and Jennifer Howell of Houston; uncles, Justin Dorris of Marshall, Matt and Kevin Howell of Austin.
Printed in the Marshall News Messenger June 21, 2008.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William David “Will” Lincoln (14 Dec 1995–19 Jun 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27705222, ; Maintained by EastTexan (contributor 46789885) Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.