MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Blackman High School’s graduation took place Thursday night at Middle Tennessee State University’s Murphy Center – just a day after a deadly shooting took the life of an 18-year-old.
The families of the graduates said the shooting was a senseless act of violence that cost a young man his life.
Shanna Odom, the mother of one of the graduates, said: ‘My son is friends with him, it’s unbelievable, I can’t imagine if he is my son.
While everyone was on guard Thursday night, the families of Blackman High School graduates said they believe there is little violence in Murfreesboro.
“Of course, we are always alert and conscious of our surroundings, but we are not going to let it steal our joy,” says Odom.
Reflecting on the good, Darlene Wilcoxson explains watching her daughter pass this milestone is indescribable.
“We got her, she was a gift. The girl is two weeks old. She’s a nurturer, we’ve been with her on this journey so it’s been a very special night for us,” said Wilcoxson.
Thursday night – at another graduation – these families offered their condolences to the family of the victim, Sunny Gant, whose life was short, just a year after his own graduation.
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“I think that’s sad, I think it’s a moment stolen from the graduates, from their families. It was their night and it couldn’t be better,” said Wilcoxson.
https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/murfreesboro/blackman-high-school-holds-graduation-with-extra-security-at-mtsu-night-after-deadly-shooting/ Blackman High School hosts graduation at MTSU night after deadly shooting