June 29, 2019 03:50 PM
ALBION, N.Y. (WHEC) — On Friday night Albion High School held its graduation ceremony, but someone is missing. Brennan Moody died in a car crash two weeks before graduation and his parents accepted his diploma.
Salutatorian Jessica Schleede mentioned Moody and two other students from the Class of 2019 that died in elementary school years.
"The most recent dark time we faced together with the tragic passing of Brennan Moody," Schleede said. "He taught us through his musical performances the message that this is the moment reminding us to live for today and not tomorrow."
State Troopers say Moody was in the backseat of a car on Eagle Harbor Road when the driver lost control of the car and eventually hit a pole.
There were three other Albion seniors in the car at the time of the crash. Two of them walked across the stage on Friday night. The other is still in a Buffalo-area hospital. Albion District officials visited him there to deliver his diploma.
McKenna Boyer, Albion High School class president says Moody and the other students who died along the journey to graduation are still with them in spirit.
"Brennan Moody who graced us with his musical talent," Boyer said. "They all are truly a part of our group and will forever be missed while we are all sad they’re not here with us on this special day, we know they’re watching over us with smiles on their faces."
The interim Albion High School principal invited Brennan Moody's parents Rhiannon and Erin to accept his diploma. The crowd at graduation gave Moody's parents a standing ovation.
Updated: June 29, 2019 03:50 PM
Created: June 28, 2019 11:24 PM
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