Family, Friends, Community Say Final Goodbye to Hailey Dunn

Family, Friends, Community Say Final Goodbye to Hailey Dunn

By Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

COLORADO CITY - "If anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things and that's what I will do. I will think about lovely Hailey Darlene Dunn with a smile on my face," Hailey's cheerleading sponsor, said.

Everything surrounding the circumstances of 13-year-old Hailey Dunn's murder and disappearance was set aside Sunday as hundreds gathered to say goodbye.

"I can't wait till the next time I get to see you. I'm gonna miss you a lot, and I love you," Hailey's best friend, Heather, said in a slide show of pictures of the young girl.

"Hailey, I love you and we'll see you again. Until then, I'll miss you everyday," her grandmother said.

There were prayers, songs and memories shared of a young woman who, according to those who knew her best, was spunky.

"She had a glint of mischief in her eyes and quite a way with words," her cheerleading sponsor remembered. Her basketball coach added, "In the classroom, Hailey was quiet and well-mannered, but when she got on the court, her competitive drive took over."

In a pre-recorded message, Hailey's mom, Billie, said her goodbyes to her daughter, and thanked Hailey's dad, Clint.

"Thank you Clint for giving me such a beautiful daughter, thank you to my son for being such a great brother and friend to my sweet Hailey. Thank you, Hailey, for being my sweet baby. I will love you forever and one day and I'll you see in my dreams," Billie said in the message.

Many at the memorial sobbed, some for a girl they had never even met.

"I started watching it when I lived in Las Vegas and I felt like we should be here since we live here now," one attendee said.

NewsWest 9 asked one woman if she knew Hailey or her family.

"No, I met Clint after Hailey disappeared," she said.

At the end, some of Hailey's classmates stood at the front of Colorado Middle School's gym, with candles, as Hailey's pictures flashed across a screen; Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" playing in the background.

"She's more than a pretty face, more than a jokester, more than intelligent, more than a saxophone player, more than an athlete, more than a little determined. She's now a blissfully angel," Billie said in her message.

A lot of the law enforcement officers who aided in the search for Hailey were also at the memorial, along with the Lubbock chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse and The Guardians of the Children.