1-year-old walks across stage to receive slain mother's diploma - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

1-year-old walks across stage to receive slain mother's diploma

Myneshia Johnson (Source: Family) Myneshia Johnson (Source: Family)
Myneisha Johnson's 1-year-old son and her mother accept her diploma (Source: WMC Action News 5) Myneisha Johnson's 1-year-old son and her mother accept her diploma (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Saturday, Booker T. Washington High School honored the teen mom who was killed in downtown Memphis.

Myneishia Johnson, 18, was shot and killed in downtown Memphis on May 22. Johnson was a teen mom, honor student, and basketball star at BTW. Despite the obstacles she faced, she continued to push forward, according to BTW's principal, Alisha Kiner.

Kwasi Corbin, 19, is accused of firing an assault rifle into a crowd on Peabody Place and Second Avenue, claiming the life of Johnson and injuring two other people.

Johnson was expected to graduate with honors Saturday. In honor of her graduation, her 1-year-old son accepted her diploma at BTW's commencement ceremony.

The 2016 graduating class gave a standing ovation and Myneishia’s mother Terry Johnson and one-year-old son Kylan walked across the stage in Myneishia’s place.

Chantee Black was in tears holding baby Kylan with his mother’s diploma in his hands. She remembers watching over him while his mother took tests in school.

“I know she's here,” Black said. “She's smiling and she's happy. This is what she wanted. She wanted to graduate.”

That moment was taken from her when Kwasi Corbin allegedly shot into a crowd. Principal Kiner said they remember Myneishia through Kylan, who visits the school often.

“When he comes, everybody's just happy. We’re wrapped around his little finger,” Kiner said. “There were a lot of tears when I turned back around to do the alma mater.”

Kiner said the applause wasn’t what touched her the most.

“What I liked was how everyone got completely silent and just respected her name,” she said.

The respect is something Terry Johnson said lives on through her daughter’s diploma.

“I feel good to walk across the stage with my grandbaby and get that diploma,” Johnson said. “I'm going to put it on my wall.”

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