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School holds surprise prom for student who was shot

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

It's a well deserved experience for students who have been dealing with a very tough couple of weeks.

Music, food, and friends are all the makings of a great prom.

It was made even more special for Quanisha Simms because this prom was a surprise. It was hosted by students and SCS faculty members after Simms missed her senior prom.

The Booker T. Washington graduating senior was shot in the chest while getting ready for Prom inside her North Memphis home.

"I just feel so happy because I could have been dead and gone," Simms said.

Simms missed her prom because she was recovering in the hospital. She also missed her senior picnic. 

BTW Principal Alisha Coleman-Kiner said she hopes the surprise prom was a way to recreate those memories.

"Unfortunately we have lost some kids, and we lost them unexpectedly, but she is a miracle," Kiner said.

Many BTW students who showed up to the surprise prom also attended the funeral of fellow student Myneshia Johnson.

Johnson was gunned down in downtown Memphis.

It is a violent end of the school year, but students said they will not let it overshadow their achievements.

"We knew that we needed this now, not only for her, but to bring us together in the midst of the tragedy," Valedictorian Quinton Ayers said.

Simms said last week she wanted to recover in time for graduation. Thankfully, she has and will be walking across the stage Saturday.

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