Beau Chene High students continue to mourn the death of 17-year-old Nonchalaunt Guillory, who died while driving to school on May 12th.
While state police determine what caused Guillory to cross the centerline of Highway 357 and collide with a school bus, students determined the best way to honor her memory.
"Everything we do, all our accomplishments, trophies and wins we are going to do it for Non'," said Junior Byrson Briscoe, Drum Major of the Beau Chene Band and close friend of Guillory's.
As a member of the color guard and manager of the basketball team, Guillory was well-loved and is now being remembered with a special hashtag- #doitfornon. The hashtag was found on several letters and pictures left at a makeshift memorial in the school hallway.
"We will take pictures and post them on Instagram and Facebook with that hashtag," said Bryson.
Freshman and younger sibling to Bryson, Caleb Briscoe tear-fully said, "Anytime we do something that would make her proud we will say 'do it for Non.'"
Color guard and band members along with basketball players learned of Guillory's death during a private assembly in the auditorium. The rest of the school discovered the news after a public announcement. One day later, her unexpected death still hasn't settled with the teens.
"It's hard. I just talked to her and now she's gone," said Sophomore and color guard member Jasmine Collins. "She had this distinct laugh that I can still hear."
Counselors will still be present throughout the week as students manage and forget their pain. Beau Chene Principal Keith James said members of Guillory's family, including her father visited the school early Tuesday morning and were greeted with hugs and prayers. James said he is now encouraging students to attend the services, expected to take place Saturday, in support of the family.
State Police said they have not yet ruled out speed or distracted driving as a cause to the crash.
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