Isaiah Carter would have been the 16th student to walk across the stage during the Manley Career Academy High School commencement ceremony Sunday afternoon.
Instead, Angel Brown accepted the diploma on behalf of her son, who was shot and killed last November in Chicago’s South Austin neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports today.
“This means everything to me,” Brown said, her eyes moist with tears. “I know Isaiah’s looking down. He told me he was going to get this diploma — and he got it.”
Looking down at the diploma, she whispered: “You did it, Isaiah.”
On Nov. 13, Carter, 18, was walking down the street on the 0-99 block of South Parkside Avenue when he started talking to at least three people, police said. One of them turned toward Carter and shot him in the chest, according to police. He died two weeks later.
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