“It was fitting that the senior class and the school itself came together during this tragic event and really turned it into something positive, and that flowed into the Month of Peace we’ve had going at Peoria High School,” says Principal Elliott.
A coroner's jury ruled Darnell Hunter’s death a homicide. His father, who had sole custody, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal neglect of a disabled person. Hunter died from bronchopneumonia and gastroenteritis, with the contributing factors including mental developmental delay, and malnutrition.
A seat with Hunter’s cap and gown will remain open at the graduation ceremony.