For a Fallen Classmate

On May 18, 2014, Aaron Rushing was murdered. He was shot by another teenager for reasons still unknown… a few days before his birthday.

Aaron was a student at the Chicago High School for the Arts. Students who knew Aaron came together and held a memorial service
on the side of the school which included a memorial wall, singing, dancing, laughter, prayer and tears.

The following morning, some CPS worker bee managed to wash away all that the students had created in remembrance of their fallen classmate.

Nice try, CPS.

Like the defiant teenagers they are, the students went right back to work…
creating another homage in the very same place.

I think CPS finally got it in their heads that they weren’t gonna win this, and let the wall be.

Aaron's Wall

Aaron's Wall

Gathering for a Fallen Classmate

Gathering for a Fallen Classmate

Student Leaves a Message for Aaron

Student Leaves a Message for Aaron

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Somewhere in the middle of all of this is Aaron's Mother. I hoped that she would find some comfort in what the students had done. But if not, how could anyone possibly blame her?

Students Surround Aaron's Mother

Students Surround Aaron's Mother

Tears and Candles and Farewell

Tears and Candles and Farewell