High school student allegedly killed by father to be awarded posthumous diploma

Sha’Neal Brown, 18, graduated posthumously from Eau Claire High School.
Sha’Neal Brown, 18, graduated posthumously from Eau Claire High School.(Richland County School District One)
Published: May. 22, 2022 at 12:24 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS/Gray News) - A South Carolina student who was allegedly killed by her father will be awarded a posthumous diploma from her high school.

A seat will be reserved for 18-year-old Sha’Neal Brown, and her name will be called at the graduation ceremony of Eau Claire High School.

School officials said Sha’Neal Brown had also received an acceptance letter from Morris College.

Funeral services for Sha’Neal Brown and her grandmother, 83-year-old Jessie Brown, took place Saturday, according to WIS.

Richland County School District One originally made a statement Friday about a student who was allegedly killed by her father.

Hours after officials announced the arrest of a man for stabbing and killing his mother and teenage daughter, school district officials announced that the 18-year-old victim was a student at Eau Claire High School.

Neshunda Walters, the principal at Eau Claire, said the following about Sha’Neal Brown:

“Everybody knew her. She was a well-known student who was well-liked and involved in several service and extracurricular activities. She assisted in the school counseling office and in the library, and she was a special assistant and mentee to our school social worker. She was also a member of our marching band’s dance team and a member of the Shamrockettes girls mentoring group. Our hearts are truly broken.”

Sheriff Leon Lott announced Rafael Brown had been charged with two counts of murder.

He was booked into Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, where he remains.

Eau Claire High’s graduation ceremony will take place in early June.

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