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Scholarship created in name of Poughkeepsie hit and run victim
Shequila Brown was all set to graduate next month and pursue a career as a police officer or psychologist.
Certainly I thought I would be applying for scholarships, said Janice Shell, Shequilas mother. I never thought she would be the source of a scholarship, but Im grateful.
This is just for people to keep her alive, for people to know her name, said Corie Mosley, Shequilas best friend. For people who didnt know her, to get to know her.
Shequila herself was more of a behind the scenes girl. She loved creative writing. And her story is unforgettable.
Shequila was the real deal. She was a sweetheart of a girl, said David Laffin, Shequilas English and drama club teacher. And yeah, I miss her.
This is extremely important, said Sharief Smart, another classmate and friend. We just want to keep her in our hearts and souls and minds. And embrace who she was in life.
While the $10,000 reward remains in place for information leading to a conviction, for one lighthearted night, it was about getting the family to smile.
Its such a horrible thing, said Laffin. I dont want to do this, but this is the best way for me to deal with it, because she was a great kid.
Detectives say theyre still hopeful for a break in the case, spending time as recently as Wednesday night tracking down possible leads. Last month, police handed out close to a thousand flyers to drivers who commute past the crimes intersection at South Hamilton and Church streets.
We are people of forgiveness and nobody wants to crucify anybody but knowing what happened certainly would bring some closure, said Shell.
Shequilas family says the pain lingers every day, but maybe on nights like this, it subsides, if only for a moment.
Im so blessed to know that she was loved by the girls, continued Shell. By the school, in such a way that was really unknown to me, really until now.
Anyone who wants to purchase a tshirt to support the Shequila Brown scholarship can do so by visiting the Poughkeepsie High School main office.
Police say a dark red or black pickup truck was last seen running a red light the next block over after hitting Shequila. The truck has dually style rear wheels, a silver or grey toolbox in the black and a large front chrome grill. Police also say the tailgate was down or missing. Anyone who sees a vehicle matching the description is asked to contact Poughkeepsie Police at 845 4514000.