Hamilton High School grad killed hours after receiving her diploma

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Friends and family gathered on the front steps of Hamilton High School to say goodbye to a recent graduate. Just hours off the ceremony Kanisha Clark was killed in a car accident. Clark and her sister were headed to their aunt's house on a quiet Memphis street when another car hit the passenger side, killing Kanisha.

Monday night they sang to Kanisha. More than 100 people came back to Hamilton High School to say goodbye to their friend and loved one. Jaquita Williams can still see her in her cap and gown, accepting her diploma.

"She had a smile on her face," Williams explained. "As she walked across the stage, she was really happy."

That's how everyone here described Kanisha. Happy, loving, and always smiling.  Andrea Harris remembers the last time she and Kanisha spent some quality time together, at the movies.

"We were taking pictures and having girl time. It was fun," Harris explained.

Kanisha was in the back seat of the car with her sister Camisha Friday morning here at the corner of Silver and Evelyn in South Memphis. While pulling onto the street they were hit by another driver.

Kristy Clark is still processing the loss of her baby girl. She had the worst weekend of her life. Planning a funeral for one of her children, and bailing the other out of jail.  It turns out Camesha didn't have a valid drivers license or insurance.
Clark added, "It wasn't right how  the cops locked her up. I understand she didn't have insurance or a license, but that's ridiculous. She just lost her sister."

Clark believes that's punishment enough.

Kanisha had plans to study nursing at Southwest. She was driven and focused on her goals. Clark hopes her classmates will remember that as they take the next steps in their adult lives.

"I want these young kids to know what they want out of life, and go ahead and go for it," Clark added.

Clark's funeral service will be Saturday at the Greater Whitestone Baptist Church.

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