School may be out for the summer, but the Bastrop High School community rallied together on Tuesday evening to mourn the passing of one of their own.
Mijeni Edmonds, a student at BHS, passed away on May 19, 2014 at age 16.
The memorial held at the high school took the tragedy of her passing and turned it a celebration of her life and a reminder for all in attendance to live their lives in the best way possible as a tribute to Mijeni.
According to Larry Green, Jobs for America's Graduates Specialist and mentor at Bastrop High School, the memorial was suggested by KaDedra Leopold.
"Basically, she came to Dr. Nordman and myself and wanted us to put together a memorial ceremony," Green said.
During the service, Miako Edmonds, Dr. Nordman, principal at BHS, Green, Leopold and D.A.R.E. officer Sgt. Gary Guice spoke to Mijeni's contemporaries about letting her death serve a greater purpose.
"This young lady can't be here anymore," Guice said. "You do what she can't...You be an encouragement. You be a support. You be something positive to somebody."
Edmonds mother also repeated this sentiment.
"Let my child's death be the start of a brand new start for all of us," said Edmonds while encouraging students to go forth and be better people at school and in life.
After Mijeni's mother spoke, a candlelight vigil guided people to the outside of the auditorium where Edmonds and Leopold released bundles of balloons along with family and friends.