Dayton school launches balloons to remember 6-year-old murder victim

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton school is remembering one of its first grade students who died tragically three weeks ago.

Six-year-old Carter Clemons was killed by his mom’s boyfriend in a murder suicide in Miami Tonwship that his mom surivived.

On Tuesday afternoon, a sea of red balloons filled the sky at Richard Allen Preparatory School as his family, friends, and classmates used the gesture to remember Carter.

His aunt, Ditisha Patterson, who was in attendance said she remembered Carter as a smart boy who loves dinosaurs and learning about the planets.

“It lets us know that other people care, it’s affected so many people,” said Patterson.

Patterson’s sister, Carter’s mom, is still recovering from the shooting, and could not make it.

As Carter’s classmates and friends gathered together in the playground, his teacher read a letter she wrote to him, a prayer was said, and the school principal said a few words to remember the boy she called “small but mighty.”

“He was short in stature but big in personality,” said the principal, Brandi Daugherty. “Big in his brain, he was very intelligent, very articulate, he loved to laugh and have fun, even when he was working, he would crack a joke or have something funny to say.”

Daugherty said they have been talking with their students since the incident, and used Tuesday’s event as a way to celebrate the short time they had with him.

“Just letting them know that although he’s not here with us in body anymore, he is here in spirit looking down on us from up above,” said Daugherty. “We just told the kids that we’re going to give the balloons to heaven where Carter is now.”

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