- Donald Denell Perry Jr. died from injuries sustained in a car crash in November 2020
- The late teen's father Donald Perry Sr. accepted his son's diploma on his behalf
- In an emotional ceremony attended by family and friends, balloons were released in his honor
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Seventeen-year-old Donald Denell Perry Jr. met his untimely death in a car crash in November 2020, a few months shy of his graduation from Saginaw High School.
Last Thursday, family and friends converged at his gravesite to honor the teen who never lived to see his graduation day.
Donald's young life came to an end when he and three friends were ejected out of a 2020 Dodge Charger they were driving in Buena Vista Township.
A sombre mood engulfed the mourners as they released balloons at the Forest Lawn Cemetery.
"It’s a bitter but sweet thing, I hate that he’s not able to be here," said Donald Perry Sr., as reported by WNEM.
Speaking at the event, the late teen's mother LaTosha Perry revealed that his peers called him Mr. Perfect out of admiration because he was not only humble but also had a great smile all the time.
The most emotional moment of the ceremony was when Donald Sr. accepted his son’s diploma on his behalf, donned in a black graduation gown.
"I thank Saginaw High School for allowing me to do that. It’s a privilege and an honor, and I really appreciate it," Donald Perry Jr. had said before his demise.
According to the Perry family, their son's graduation ceremony was meant to be the start of his bright and promising future.
They added that the late had planned to join college and pursue a major course in electrical engineering and a minor in real estate.
Donald was a member of Messiah Missionary Baptist Church and served as an usher.
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