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Wicomico High School Remembers Rakim Russell

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Memorial garden dedication for Rakim Russell (WBOC) Memorial garden dedication for Rakim Russell (WBOC)

SALISBURY, Md.- Wicomico High School's senior class paid special tribute on Wednesday to their classmate, Rakim Russell. Russell, 17, was the victim of a shooting that happened last August at America's Best Value Inn on Route 13 in Salisbury.

The senior class wanted to remember Russell in a special way. Classmates, family and friends gathered in the courtyard at the school to dedicate the newly revitalized memorial garden in Russell's memory.

Several students read poems, scripture, and sang musical selections during the dedication ceremony. Russell's mother, Shanell Johnson, attended the dedication service. 

"It really means a lot to me, it really touched my heart when they called me and told me what they had planned to do," Johnson said. "I was just like so amazed, because sometimes you don't know how important things are to others as they are to you, and it means a lot to me that Rakim is important to others just as he was important to me."

The school's memorial garden is also getting global recognition this week at the Destination Imagination Global Finals in Tennessee. The memorial garden is a central part of Wicomico High School's Imagination Destination team project for community service. 

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