JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A happy moment for hundreds of students was a heartwrenching one for two local families.
It's a day Ron Davis has been looking forward to since his son, Jordan, started school. But the proud father won't get to see his son walk across the stage.
The 17-year-old was shot and killed at a Southside gas station in November.
"Jordan's spirit is alive and well. Students like the ones who are going to be here today, they're going to keep his spirit alive as well," Davis just minutes before the graduation ceremony began.
Davis isn't the only missing link in this year's ceremony.
Fellow Wolfson High senior, Janay Jackson, was sleeping in her bed when police say a man driving under the influence crashed into her room, killing her.
Many students say they're still reeling from the loss of two classmates just months apart from each other.
"It's kind of hard dealing with it," said student Dennis Jackson. "But as we look on it we should just achieve our goals just for them. Let them know even though they passed, we're going to make it and make this school a better place."
Ron Davis tells Action News that both families are proud of what their teens accomplished and want to show support for the graduating class.
"I've taken the students of Wolfson High School kind of under my wing. They've shown me so much love and compassion and I show it back to them," said Davis.
The school is honoring both the Davis and Jackson families with honorary degrees on behalf of Jordan and Janay.