FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A Port Saint Lucie high school senior would have received her diploma today had her life not been tragically cut short.
Filled with emotion, Dayanna Gil's mother, Grecia Arzuaga raised her daughters diploma up high, for classmates to see, while she looked to the sky as if she's speaking to her daughter to tell her that she's a Port St. Lucie High school graduate.
Gustavo Arzuaga said even though Dayanna is gone, he's proud to walk across the stage for her.
"My daughter always had a dream and she didn't get to reach it because she was potential enough to do so and her life got cut short,” said Arzuaga.
Gil died after Fort Pierce police said she was hit by a car while walking to her bus stop on SW Lucero Drive last month.
Arzuaga said, "It is really hard. It's still day by day. You know we're taking it a day at a time."
The schools’ principal remembers Gil as an outstanding student.
"Dayanna Gil touched so many lives.” said Principal Bridgette Hargadine. “Let us now our heads and have a moment of silence for this wonderful friend and Jaguar senior who cannot be with us today."
As well as the senior class president, who paid tribute to Dayanna and to other classmates who have passed away.
"Their presence is no longer physical, but they still resonate in all of our hearts and minds,” said Chyna Degginger.
Arzuaga leaves this message for Gil's graduating class.
"Enjoy life cause life us really short and to hug their parents and parents hug their kids every day because you never know when it's the last day we're going to get to see them,” said Arzuaga.