HITCHCOCK, Texas -- Many of the bright red caps and gowns worn tonight by Hitchcock High School graduates will also feature a bit of pink in honor of a classmate.

Chasity Robinson, 17, was to be one of the 2013 graduates but died Feb. 16 of complications from sickle cell disease. Classmates and school district officials said while she won t be there, Robinson s spirit and memory will be a big part of tonight s ceremonies.

The mood was very somber with grief in the beginning, but now the students seem to celebrate her life and honor her memory instead of focusing on the loss, said Carla Massa, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for the Hitchcock school district. Her memory definitely lives on in the hallways of Hitchcock High School.

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