Hundreds of Anchorage students wear “Blue for Chloe”
Hundreds of students across Anchorage dressed in Blue on Friday to mourn a South Anchorage High School senior. Eighteen-year-old Chloe Duke and her mother Shannon Duke were shot to death earlier this week inside their home.
Their deaths have weighed heavily on Chloe’s classmates.
“I just want to thank you all for honoring Chloe today and being part of this today. I know it’s been a rough week,” South High pricipal Kersten Johnson said over a mega phone while organizing a group picture.
The color blue is said to symbolize trust, wisdom, confidence, and heaven. Those are all words used to describe Chloe.
Her classmates wore blue on Friday to remember her life. The idea came from Chloe’s best friends, who’ve found strength in each other.
“Well Chloe’s favorite color was blue. We wanted it to be more then just a ten second news story, I’m sorry and thats it. We wanted all the students to see how great of a loss this is and for Chloe to look down and see how many people love her, as well as Shannon because this would make them both so happy,” said Chloe’s best friend, Caroline Wrenn.
The students have been all over social media promoting “Blue for Chloe.”
To their surprise Service High School joined the effort, as well as Dimond and several others.
“We may be separate and we may be different schools but everyone is connected,” Caroline said.
“We plan on taking all the pictures together and making a scrap book for her dad and for her little sister. We want to give it to them so they have something to remember,” said another of Chloe’s friends, Erin Lee.
Chloe’s life ended just as members of her graduating class begin theirs.
“I think Chloe would be smiling. She loved blue and she probably would be laughing too because that’s just Chloe,” Caroline said.
Chloe’s friends said the color blue is bringing them peace as they move forward.
Anchorage Police have taken a 15-year-old boy into custody in connection with Chloe and her mother’s deaths.
It’s still an open investigation.
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