Losing two of their own pulled Butler High School’s graduating class a little tighter than most.
“This was the glue that bound us,” said salutatorian Anitra Bosley.
Brandon Taylor and Tykiah Palmer were both shot and killed within weeks of each other in early 2010.
Taylor was shot through his window as he slept in his home, and Palmer died after trying to break up a fight between her brother and his friend.
During the excitement of graduation and the recounting of many good memories, Bosley and valedictorian David Kyler each took a moment Monday to remember them in their addresses.
“We are graduating for them today,” Bosley said.
“We will continue to carry them in our hearts and memorialize them in our good deeds,” Kyler said in his speech.
For those left to “go on,” he encouraged his fellow graduates to become the successful person each graduate is capable of being.
Graduations also bring out a different type of bond for the graduates as individuals.
Sacoria Dunn’s family will use graduation as a good reason to get together, said her cousin Alopecia Armstrong. After the ceremony, the whole family planned to go to dinner and then attend revival at their church.
“This is like a good family reunion,” she said.
– Lisa Kaylor, staff writer