Tipton County | Joe Birch
The Mid-Southerner is one of 72 people whose portraits will be featured on the float, honoring those who donated vital organs, tissue or eyes so that countless others might have life.
The young man was full of promise, a 2004 honors graduate of West Helena High School where he had played football, ran track and participated in the JROTC. After high school, Michael enrolled at Phillips Community College where he earned his Associates Degree and began dreaming of a career.
A gifted athlete, Michael headed to Jonesboro to earn a degree in Physical Education at Arkansas State University. He juggled his studies, a part-time job at Wal-Mart and a regular referee gig for ASU's intramural sports. Life looked good for the fun loving college student who should have graduated from ASU in December 2010. But in a case that has baffled police, Michael was found dead of a gunshot wound in his Jonesboro apartment on April 17, 2010. The case remains unsolved. Police have no suspects.
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