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Cambridge shooting victim to see graduation via video conferencing

Posted by Brock Parker  June 7, 2012 04:05 PM

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A senior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School critically wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting Sunday will be able to see her commencement ceremony tonight through video conferencing.

Thanialee Cotto-Felix, 18, had been scheduled to attend her graduation ceremony tonight, but authorities said today she remains hospitalized in critical condition from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen that she suffered Sunday night in a Willow Street shooting that killed 16-year-old Charlene Holmes.

Cambridge Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Young said Thursday Cotto-Felix will be able to see and hear a family member accept her diploma at the commencement tonight via video conferencing.

Holmes older brother, Kenyatta Holmes, is also graduating tonight and will be at the commencement, Young said.

“Boy, what a courageous young man,” Young said.

Young said it will be important tonight for the school to give honor and respect to victims of the shooting and their families.

At the same time, he said the school district still wants to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating seniors.

“This is not the graduation that a week ago they would have imagined--the truly joyful event you want graduation to be--and that is kind of what life is some times,” Young said.

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