Mom Accepts Diploma on Behalf of Murdered Daughter

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Amber Stanley's mother, Irma Gaither (left) and cousin, Jessica Landon (right) watch her class graduate from Charles Herbert Flowers High School. (Photo credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Amber Stanley’s mother, Irma Gaither (left) and cousin, Jessica Landon (right) watch her class graduate from Charles Herbert Flowers High School. (Photo credit: Kevin Rincon/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) — A full school year has passed since 17-year-old Charles H. Flowers High School honor student Amber Stanley was murdered by an unknown intruder in her Upper Marlboro bedroom.

Police still have not solved the August 22 slaying, which involved the girl being shot several times as she slept.

Amber was a rising senior who was enrolled in an elite science and technology program. Principal Gorman Brown said shortly after her death that she was well-liked and had a promising future. On Tuesday, she would have graduated along with more than 500 classmates.

Credit: Prince George's County Police Department

Credit: Prince George’s County Police Department

But, although she wasn’t physically present at the Comcast Center as her fellow students turned their tassels, they were thinking of her.

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon reports that Amber’s name was read aloud, and her mother accepted a diploma on her behalf. Signs saying “We Love You Amber” could be seen in the sea of mortar boards.

“I really feel so privileged for them to acknowledge my daughter,” Irma Gaither said. “School was important to her, learning, education and maybe trying to solve some of the world’s problems.”

“No one’s forgetting about her, and that’s what we appreciate,” said her cousin Jessica Landon. “She did work hard to get here and they’re still recognizing her and remembering her and that’s what’s important.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers can remain anonymous by calling their tips into 1-866-411-TIPS or texting “PGPD plus the message” to CRIMES (274637).

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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