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WKU issues posthumous degree to murdered student

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Cheryl Williamson was murdered outside The Gillespie over Thanksgiving weekend 2012. Cheryl Williamson was murdered outside The Gillespie over Thanksgiving weekend 2012.
Williamson's family gathered outside the Gillespie after she was awarded a posthumous degree from WKU. Williamson's family gathered outside the Gillespie after she was awarded a posthumous degree from WKU.
The victim's mother Donetta Williamson said her daughter was the first person in her family to graduated from college. The victim's mother Donetta Williamson said her daughter was the first person in her family to graduated from college.
Williamson's degree is in fashion design. Williamson's degree is in fashion design.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Western Kentucky University senior who was shot and killed in Louisville last November is now a college graduate.

 

Cheryl Williamson, 24, received a degree in fashion design posthumously. She aspired to own a clothing line. 

 

Williamson would have walked across a stage in Bowling Green in May with her degree in hand had her life not been taken. Instead, WKU mailed Williamson's mother the degree.

 

Williamson attended a party at The Gillespie near Fifth and Market while visiting Louisville over Thanksgiving break. Community Activist Christopher 2X said Williamson got into an altercation with a man after she stepped on his shoe and he poured a drink in her face. When she got outside, she was shot in the chest. Williamson died in surgery.

 

"She's the first person in my family that graduated from college," said her mother Donetta Williamson. She said receiving her daughter's diploma in the mail gave her a stream of emotions. "It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me mad that she wasn't able to walk across the stage to get it," Williamson said.

 

Cheryl would have celebrated her 25th birthday on June 6. Her friends and family will celebrate her life at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7 at Shelby Park. They are selling t-shirts to raise money for a headstone.

 

No one has been arrested in connection with Williamson's murder.  Anyone with information about the case should call the Louisville Metro Police Department's anonymous tip line at 502-574-LMPD. 

 

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