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Sun May 6, 2018, 03:56 PM

Mother of Waffle House shooting victim, DeEbony Groves, receives her daughter's college diploma

By Amanda Jackson, CNN

Updated 2:22 PM ET, Sun May 6, 2018


Shirl Baker received a posthumous degree from Belmont University in her daughter's honor on Saturday.


(CNN) - DeEbony Groves, 21, had dreams of walking across the stage and receiving her diploma in social work, which she had been working hard towards for several years. But on April 22, her life was cut short when a gunman entered the Waffle House where she was eating with friends.

On Saturday night, Belmont University in Nashville paid tribute to Groves before her mother, Shirl Baker, walked across the stage to accept her daughter's diploma on her behalf.

"Almost two weeks ago, our community suffered an unimaginable loss," said Robert Fisher, President of Belmont University. "While our hearts were broken, today we have the chance to celebrate DeEbony's life together."

Baker wasn't alone on the graduation stage. Her son, Di'Angelo, also was awarded his diploma on Saturday, a moment he was supposed to share with his sister. As Di'Angelo wiped tears from his eyes his mother consoled him. Both received standing ovations from the crowd.


Groves was scheduled to graduate along with her brother, who is seen crying as he prepares to walk across the stage.

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Reply Mother of Waffle House shooting victim, DeEbony Groves, receives her daughter's college diploma (Original post)
DonViejo May 2018 OP
OhNo-Really May 2018 #1
ProudLib72 May 2018 #2
Initech May 2018 #3
mcar May 2018 #4
Initech May 2018 #6
mcar May 2018 #8
Initech May 2018 #10
FailureToCommunicate May 2018 #5
Ligyron May 2018 #7
Owl May 2018 #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:12 PM

1. So heart breaking.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:22 PM

2. ....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:53 PM

3. Another reason to hate guns.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:05 PM

4. I cannot even imagine the pain and heartbreak

I'm in tears.

When will it end? How many young lives have to be cut short?

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Response to mcar (Reply #4)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:20 PM

6. If we haven't approached genocidal levels yet we're getting there.

I'd be curious to know how many people have been killed by guns since the southern strategy was implemented. I bet it over a couple of million. That would put us in that territory.

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Response to Initech (Reply #6)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:27 PM

8. But of course, the CDC is barred from doing such studies

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Response to mcar (Reply #8)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:56 PM

10. And we know what organization we can thank for that.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:13 PM

5. Yes, heartbreaking indeed.

F**king terrorists with guns cutting promising lives short.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:26 PM

7. So sad...

Looks like she would have graduated in just three years so she musta been smart and hard working besides.

Too bad a piece of human garbage was given the power to take her life.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:31 PM

9. So heartbreaking.

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