DALLAS, Texas – Family and friends gathered to honor the memory of Morland Smith, who was tragically killed in a shooting outside a beauty supply store in Dallas earlier this week. The 51-year-old is being remembered as a beloved uncle and kind brother by those who knew him best.
The family had planned to celebrate Morland’s March 11 birthday with blue balloons and flowers, but instead, they came together at a West Dallas park to pray and release balloons in his memory. According to his sister, Staphanie Sharp, Morland was a big fan of the Cowboys, and his memory will live on in their hearts every day.
The incident occurred when Morland went to get donuts at a shopping center in southeast Dallas. He and another man were approached by a suspect or suspects who began shooting, resulting in the tragic loss of Morland and 22-year-old Jamarcus Irving.
The family is struggling to come to terms with the sudden loss and is in search of answers surrounding the senseless act of violence. They are seeking clarity on why Morland, who was described as innocent and just standing there, was targeted in such a manner.
As loved ones continue to grapple with the devastating loss, the community is coming together to offer support and remember Morland Smith for the kind-hearted person he was. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing as the community mourns the tragic loss of two lives cut short by senseless violence.