Students mourn Detroit teen killed, friend injured on Eight Mile

Students at Henry Ford High School in Detroit are mourning the loss of one classmate, while another recovers in the hospital.

Fourteen-year-old Timesha Daniell-Taylor and her best friend, 15-year-old Jermya Brown, were leaving cheerleading practice Tuesday afternoon when they were getting ice cream at Checkers on 8 Mile and Evergreen roads. As they were crossing the street, a van came through and hit the two girls.

The 55-year-old driver stopped immediately to help. With her ice cream in hand, Timesha's spoon became stuck in her throat. She died from her injuries.

Jermya was critically injured and remains in the hospital. Her family said she's doing better and is still recovering. 

Now, friends are tying yellow ribbons around trees near the school. As Lathya Sutton explains, they express love and support for both girls and their families.

"I wrote 'rest in heaven' to Mesha and 'love you Mya'," Lathya said.

Grief counselors were at the school for students, teachers, and parents. Mario Morrow, the EAA Executive Director of Communications, said they're needed at this time.

"They're babies. Life is precious and that's why it's hitting these children so hard. They had their life in front of them," Morrow said.

The students say the yellow ribbons are symbols of strength to heal and honor Timesha's life, which was taken too early.

On Thursday, parents and community members plan to hold a a candlelight vigil outside Henry Ford High School for both Timesha and Jermya.


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