(WJBK) - A teen girl who was killed four years ago was remembered and honored at what would have been her high school commencement.
One chair was left empty at Armada Area Schools commencement in memory of April Millsap. The Times Herald reports the school also presented an honorary diploma to the girl's mother.
April would have graduated last week with the class of 2018. Jennifer Millsap accepted her daughter's diploma in a special ceremony at the June 4 commencement.
Jennifer Millsap says she's touched by the school's effort to remember her daughter. Armada Area Schools Superintendent Michael Musary says the idea originated from the students.
April was killed in July 2014 as she was walking her dog along the Macomb Orchard Trail.
A 34-year-old man, James Vancallis, was convicted of murdering, kidnapping and attempting to rape Millsap. He was sentenced to automatic life in prison without parole in March of 2016.
Earlier this year, Vancallis appealed his conviction and lost. The court said that although there was no direct physical evidence tying him to the crime, there was plenty of other evidence that proved Vancallis was her killer.