Created: September 19, 2020 11:25 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — One of the victims killed in the Saturday morning shootout at a party on Pennsylvania Avenue in Rochester was fondly remembered at her alma mater, Rochester’s East High school.
“She was an outstanding student who was a leader at East,” a former teacher who wished to be anonymous wrote to News10NBC of Jaquayla Young.
“She had a smile that lit up a classroom and a sense of humor to match it. Jaquayla will be missed dearly.”
Young, 19, was attending Monroe Community College, but still kept contact with her old school.
“She was an honor roll student,” recalls East High Superintendent Shaun Nelms.
“She was an incredible writer. Her writing was so good that we took her to a national research conference through the University of Rochester to show off her work. She was the captain of the cheerleading team.”
She’d graduated from East High school in the spring of last year and was considering becoming a teacher.
Nelms says it was easy to forget she’d graduated, because she came home to East so often.
“This one was a little more personal than others,” he says. “This was someone that I knew and that I really thought a lot about and cared for and to see her not with us, it’s going to be a tough transition when school reopens."
East High School is planning to provide counseling for students, but in the age of coronavirus, that’s harder than usual with virtual contact instead of students in school.
Nelms says what happened at that party took away a life full of promise.
"I don’t think Jaquayla was the kind of kid who would go to a party knowing there will be danger,” he says. “I think the danger came to her and her friends and it cost her her life.”
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