(Memphis) At 19, Barry Burse was living his dream playing soccer at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.
“He really was into his dream. Soccer was his passion,” Barry Burse, Sr., said.
Getting there wasn’t easy. Burse said his son’s ambition and drive during his senior year at Whitehaven allowed him to go to college.
“It’s tough out here and that’s what’s so impressive about Barry. He took himself out and reached for his own goal.”
“His determination was endless,” teammate Stuart Bramlet said in a press release from the school. “He would run through players at practice just to show he was trying and that he deserved to be here.”
Barry was pursuing his goal of getting better this summer, playing for a semi-pro team.
He was taking a break and came home to Memphis where he was gunned down in a driveway on Hawkins Mill Road.
Sources close to the investigation say there was an argument over a girl and he was shot and killed.
“He’s most definitely going to be missed,” he said.
Now as his family remembers a life lost far too soon.
His father finds comfort knowing Barry left the world on a high note.
“’I feel like he wrote his final chapter,” he said.
He added his son and best friend would be happy to know he’s remembered for what he loved.
At this point, police have still not arrested any suspects in his murder.