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Mom of Tupelo basketball player laid to rest in Amory

The mother of Tupelo basketball senior Tahj Crump was laid to rest at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory.

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 11:33 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2018 12:01 AM

AMORY, Miss. (WTVA) - Cars lined up as several people came out Friday to pay their respects to mother, daughter and dear friend Erica Walls. 

Walls was killed in a car accident Sunday as she and her son were on their way back home from a college recruiting visit. 

Her son, Tahj Crump, is a senior at Tupelo High School and plays on the basketball team. 

He was the driver of the vehicle.

"He feels like it's his fault," Tupelo High School head basketball coach Jeffery Norwood said.  "It's tough watching him go through that."

Walls was a member of the booster club. 

Coach Norwood said since she was so heavily involved, this time is very emotional for his players. 

"A lot of the players have taken this tragedy really tough. I had a couple that said coach I cried all day," Norwood said.

Walls' funeral was held at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory

Church members say she grew up there, and it was a place where she raised both Tahj and her other son Jordan.

Many members of the church and friends of Walls are still shocked by her passing. 

"The emotions," Booster Club President Melissa Nichols said.  "There was so much going through my mind at the time. Really. Just questioning really. Why? But more or less just wanting to be there for support for Tahj and his family."

Walls' family describe her as loving, caring and one who always strived to make everyone feel comfortable and happy. 

"She was just always there for whatever we needed. She was just a sweet lady," Norwood said. 

Her family also says she was very family-oriented. And she was not only loved by her two sons but by many people in Amory and Tupelo

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