MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Balloons flying high over Hamilton High School were not released to celebrate the latest graduating class, but to remember the life of a graduate who lost her life too soon.
Hundreds of family members, friends, and classmates of Kanisha Clarke met at the school to celebrate her life after she was killed in a car crash the day after graduation just blocks away from the school.
Her sister was also in the car when the accident happened, but suffered only minor injuries.
According to police, both drivers involved in the crash were driving without valid driver's licenses.
"She kept me up when I was down," recalled Clarke's friend Chances Crawford.
Clarke's close friends say she was always upbeat, focused, and loved to have fun.
"Life works in mysterious ways," said one friend. "She is up there looking at us."
Friends and family members say Clarke had plans to become a nurse.
"I live day by day through my daughter," said Kanisha's mother, Kristy Clarke.
Her mother says the last few days have been filled with pain, but she hopes Kanisha's classmates have learned a valuable lesson from the death of her daughter.
"It might be the last time you see each other."