VIDEO: Sacred Heart Prepares Memorial Service for Slain Student
By Brian Shields
Thu Sep 4th, 2014 9:12am America/Los_Angeles
SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The principal of Sacred Heart Prep says his students and staff members are still grieving the death of 14-year old Rashawn Williams.
The teenager was stabbed to death at a Mission District market Tuesday night. Police say the teenager arrested and charged in the killing is also 14-years old.
“Yesterday was about grieving,” Principal Gary Cannon tells KRON 4′s Mike Pelton. “It was about supporting and loving and caring for one another. As we get into the details of the next steps, we’ll be sharing that with everyone. For us the main issue is making sure that we’re respecting the family, their wishes and desires and coordinating with them.”
Cannon says the school is making plans for a formal memorial to honor Rashawn.
Because the alleged killer is a juvenile, authorities won’t release his name. Court proceedings will remain secret unless prosecutors decide to try him as an adult.
Many students at Sacred Heart are expressive grief and outrage over the murder. Police have not yet confirmed a possible motive in the case. Football players attended a special church service for the freshman running back on Wednesday.
Earlier Mike spoke with a friend of the Williams family at the market where the crime happened. He says he hopes this case becomes a lesson for other young people.
“Don’t look for enemies,” Miguel Gomez said. “Get involved. We’re a diverse community. Be your neighbor. Meet your neighbor. Talk to them. We all live here. Let’s get along.”
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