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In remembrance of a son who died in a fatal post-prom car crash, a Chicago mother walked in his place during his graduation ceremony.

Aaron Dunigan died before he could attend his graduation from Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City, Ill., and hi s mother Katherine Jackson donned Aaron’s cap and gown and sat among his graduating classmates in his place.

“[My son] knows his mom never walked the stage,” she said. “I’m going to be his legs and he’s going to be my wings, and we’re going to go up there and get our diploma.

Dunigan, a high school athlete, was supposed to attend Southern Illinois University before his life was cut short. The teen was killed after the car he was a passenger in collided into another car in the opposite lane.

Dunigan’s friend David Peden, 18, who was driving, was charged with DUI causing death and reckless homicide with a motor vehicle, according to the Chicago Tribune. The other passenger in the car Peden collided with was also killed.


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  • vintage3000

    Aaron had a beautiful smile, you can tell just from his photos that he was a great kid. It’s wonderful his mother had this opportunity to honor him like this.

  • That mother is strong and so courageous to show that love for his son in doing this. RIP Aaron. Bless the mother.

  • Mary Burrell

    Oh my goodness he seemed like such a wonderful kid. So tragic on so many levels. God bless Katherine Jackson as she is grieving the loss of her beloved son. May all who lost their lives rest in peace.

  • John Quaye QuaoJohn Quaye Quao

    It’s so sad; all this loss of lives could have been avoided.This once again proves how dangerous and unwise for driving while on drugs or drink.My sympathy is with the mother who had the courage to attend the graduation ceremony to represent her son.I wish her the best of luck.