Temetrion Hegler, 6/15/1998 – 1/6/2016, a Kalamazoo Resident and Loy Norrix senior was shot and killed by his step grandfather Bruce Embry on January 6th in his residence. He was 17. Temetrion was born on June 15th, 1998 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is survived by his primary guardian and grandmother Iqullia Hegler, his mother, Shatippia Hegler, his father, Asteem Glass, as well as 7 siblings.
At the vigil held for both Temetrion Hegler and Deshontae Ellis (a senior from Kalamazoo Central who passed away the first week of January) Temetrion’s grandmother described Temetrion as an innocent kid, with a pure heart and soul. This was echoed in her tears as she thanked those who planned and coordinated the vigil.
Temetrion loved to play football and planned to attend Michigan State in hopes of becoming an athletic trainer.
His best friends Jada Mitchell, Sarral Shears and Brinda Creagan describe him as being an amazing person that supported you when you were struggling. Jada said Temetrion was “sweet, caring, and wanted the best for people.”
Temetrion’s impact didn’t end with close friends and family though. Many knew Temetrion and appreciated his sense of humor and kind heart. Remembering the names of most of his classmates, Temetrion was the first to wave and say hello to those he recognized passing in the halls of Loy Norrix. This simple yet overlooked gesture displayed his benevolence.
Temetrion’s funeral is scheduled for Friday from 4-5 with refreshments following the service. It will take place at 2nd Baptist Church on N. Rose, Kalamazoo, MI, 49007.