It was an emotional day at West Gadsden High school March 10th. Many students just learning the news that one of their classmates died. De’sherrime Murray, or Dede as many called her, was killed after suffering severe injuries in a bus crash Monday. ABC 27’s Jerry Hume takes us to a memorial service at the school.
They had to say goodbye to their classmate, and friend, Dede Murray. Releasing balloons, students honored their friend, who was taken too early in life. Classmates remember the 17-year old junior and basketball player for her positive attitude.
Dede died Tuesday night after the school bus she was in crashed into a tree on Monday afternoon. Tremayne Rumph was also injured in the bus crash.
“She was a good friend, she liked to have fun, she would cheer anybody up, everyday.”
Now more than ever Dede’s friends need cheering up. Inside, the entire student body watched, as the school honored Dede’s memory. 30 councilors were on hand to console students. But it’s not just students at the school hurting. It’s everyone.
“We’re all hurting, I’m hurting, it’s hard to say what we can tell them, because we all have memories, and that’s what I think is going to get us through this,” said Stephanie Tolbert, head basketball coach of lady panthers.
And although they released balloons, symbolic of having to release Dede from their lives, they’ll never forget that smile and friend who was tragically taken during that bus ride home.
The information officer for Gadsden County schools says two other students injured in the bus crash are still in the hospital. One is in intensive care and the other underwent surgery March 10th. No word on that student’s condition.