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East High School Graduation Honors Larie Butler

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Rochester: East High School Graduates Honor Late Teen Larie Butler
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It was graduation day for East High School students.

"It makes me feel good that I'm here today, because you know, my daughter is supposed to graduate today. This is her senior year," said Butler's mother Karen Snipes.

For East High families like Karen, it's a day to celebrate.

"I'm nervous but I'm okay," she said. "I'm going to be okay."

Snipe's daughter Larie Butler had so many plans after high school.

"My daughter had a lot of things she wanted to do. She wanted to be a lawyer, she wanted to be a nurse and she wanted to join the Navy."

Her plans, now memories.

"I just really wish that my daughter could've been here to do this so I could be in the crowd yelling, crying, 'You did it. You made it,'" said Snipes.

Snipes and Larie's family and friends could only imagine her presence at East High School's graduation.

"I see her bubbly, yelling, skipping around. I see her doing a lot of stuff," said Snipes.

Her classmates and close friends could still feel the pain.

"It hurts. You don't expect something like that to happen so early in life. So young," said Jordan Williams, Butler's friend and classmate.

Larie Butler, 17, was found murdered in March of 2012, after being missing for days. Devonte Lively was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life for the crime.

"It's still kind of hard. We are trying to get ourselves together," said Snipes.

During East High's graduation ceremony Butler's parents crossed the stage for her. They collected her honorary certificate and cap and gown.

"I think Larie's mark on this class was that you cherish every moment and you cherish every day. And the day that we lost her and the day we got the news, it was very, very tough in the building," said East High Principal Anibal Soler, Jr.

"She is still one of our classmates," said Grace Figueroa, Butler's friend and classmate.

A classmate who may have been absent, but will forever be there and forever remembered.

"I think she is. I think she's here with me today," said Snipes. "Everybody knows Larie. Everybody got a little piece of Larie. Just remember her as that. Don't remember as 'oh she was the little girl that was found in the pool.' Remember her as the person as the friend she was to you." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP