CHESAPEAKE, Va. - As the funeral processional for a Chesapeake teen allegedly killed by a drunk driver made its way down Battlefield Blvd., on Friday hundreds of students who never knew 18-year-old Kaitlyn Duffy made their way to the sidewalk.
Over 1,400 Great Bridge Middle School students stood just outside of campus to pay their respects to Duffy’s family.
The students timed their sign of solidarity with the funeral procession. Duffy’s parents drove by and students waved as they passed to bury their daughter.
At the funeral, Duffy’s parents and family were escorted by police into St. Stephen Martyr Roman Catholic Church, joined by a number of community members, including hundreds of students.
While students at Great Bridge Middle School showed their sign of solidarity for the Duffy family, students at Great Bridge High School are struggling to get their idea to honor the Duffys approved.
Students have asked administration to leave two open seats at graduation for Kaitlyn and the other teen involved in the alleged drunk driving accident, Sabrina Mundorff, who is still recovering in the hospital from critical injuries.
Graduation is three weeks away, and officials told News 3 the open seat suggestion was still under “consideration”.
While administrators continue to figure out whether or not Duffy and Mundorff can be honored by their classmates at graduation, on the day the Duffys had to bury their daughter, hundreds and hundreds of Chesapeake students stood with them.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Kaitlyn Elizabeth Duffy Memorial Scholarship Fund, courtesy of Great Bridge High School.