Northview High School students took time to remember a fellow student who collapsed in class and later died.
Students sang Amazing Grace in honor of Patreece Whatford who collapsed in piano lab on October 20.
At the ceremony, tears rolled down the students’ and family members’ faces as fellow classmates read poems about sweet Patreece.
Patreece’s cousin Alicia Payton said, “Her being gone is hard for me, but me knowing she's not in pain no more, it makes me feel more confident with her being gone.”
Patreece had lupus, an auto-immune disease where the body attacked its own tissue and organs. She took lots of medication and suffered a tremendous amount of pain until she collapsed in class that traumatic Thursday.
“It was right after fall break. She fell out over table and lost control of her left side,” said Lisa Spencer, Piano Lab teacher.
Her mourning classmates wanted to do something to remember her, so they planted a tree, flowers, and placed a stone marker in her honor.
Tuesday morning they gathered around the site to say a final good-bye.
It was the students’ idea to give Patreece the fitting memorial. They spent the last couple of months raising money on their own to honor their late friend.
Lupus, the disease that took Patreece's life, is being diagnosed more frequently. Some symptoms of the disease include achy joints, fever over 100 degrees, skin rash on face, sensitivity to sunlight, abnormal blood clotting and seizures.
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor.