HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Despite some confusion, Hazel Green High School’s Class of 2014 was allowed to honor a classmate killed in a wreck in 2012.
During Hazel Green’s graduation Tuesday evening, a special tribute was made for J.R. Pinder.
Fellow students had requested a cap and gown be placed in an empty chair on stage for the graduation. The request was originally denied, but late Tuesday, the school announced a cap and gown tribute will be allowed to be placed on the ramp used to access the stage.
Pinder was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Meridianville in 2012. He was a sophomore at the time of his death and an active member of the school’s golf team.