One mother lost her son just four days before his high school graduation after a post-prom car crash.
Kaye Jackson walked in her son’s place at graduation and said she could feel her son Aaron Dunigan’s love at the ceremony.“I really don’t know how else to explain it because I don’t know how I had the strength to do it, other than my son guiding me every step of the way, and holding me up,” Jackson told ABC News. “He was my wings, I was his legs, and we did it together.”
Aaron was on his way home from an after prom party when he was in the passenger seat of a friend’s car that veered into oncoming traffic, hitting a pickup truck head-on and killing both Dunigan and the 56-year-old driver of the truck, ABC affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago reported.
“She was willing to come in and participate,” Evans told ABC News. “She thought that was the least she could do for her son’s graduation. It was joyful and painful,” he added. “The crowd cheered, gave a standing ovation, and we presented her with a diploma that we put together with his picture on it.”
Jackson said her son was planning attend Southern Illinois University and play on the football team.
Jackson said the last two weeks of Dunigan’s life were the happiest she’d ever seen him.
“To be able to get to a point where he wasn’t worried about graduation and could know it was done, and he was so proud of himself and happy and so was I. … That’s a comfort to me,” Jackson said. “It was a beautiful thing to see my son so happy.”