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A life cut short: Family remembers Bossier City drowning victim

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We sat down with his family who fought back tears while remembering their lost loved one. We sat down with his family who fought back tears while remembering their lost loved one.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

He was known as an avid outdoorsman who just loved to make everyone laugh. Matthew Hattaway was one of three people who drowned in Baldwin County, Alabama last weekend. We sat down with his family who fought back tears while remembering their lost loved one.

Time, it's an allotment of life with an expiration date unknown to us all.

"Just be thankful to have the family that you have. At any minute they can be taken away from you," said Matthew's little brother Jacob.

Jacob Hattaway is now left with memories and pictures.  They are graphic reminders of a life ripped away from a family searching for understanding.

"If there was a hand needed he was the one giving the hand. You could depend on him for anything," said Jacob.

And that's exactly what family members say Matthew was doing while vacationing in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The 25-year-old risked his life to save a youngster from the rip current, paying the ultimate price.

Matthew's uncle Steve Nichols added "In death like this, there's a big whole.  There will be a long time when there'll be a moment that we don't think about Matthew," he said.

"He'd probably be trying to make us laugh," said Matthew's sister Sarah Elder.

Jacob agreed.  "He'd probably be trying to lighten the mood up and tell jokes, cheer us up and let us know that there is some good in it."

And for Matthew's fiancée Jess, while there will be no wedding bells next April, there has been another marriage. There is one between all who Matthew touched in his short time on earth and his family who has Matthew's blood in their veins.

"Honestly I'd tell him I loved him," Jacob said.  "But we never really shared the feelings for one another to each other."

"This is a reminder of how important those relationships are and how we shouldn't take them for granted."

Visitation for Matthew Hattaway will be held Thursday 4-7p.m. at Brookwood Baptist Church at 9014 Brookwood Church Way in Shreveport.

The funeral will be on Friday, 10am, also at Brookwood.

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