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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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