Amber Stanley's mother accepts high school diploma

Stanley, 17, was gunned down inside her Kettering home last August. Her killer has not been found.

It was an emotional day at Charles H. Flowers High School’s graduation Tuesday.

The family of Amber Stanley was presented with her diploma. Stanley was killed last August in her bedroom. Her killer has not been found.

Amber’s mother says her plan was simple: She wanted to be strong for her daughter and walk across the stage without tears.

Stanley was expected to graduate with honors.

“If she were here she’d be so excited. I couldn’t keep her quiet. She’d be jumping around and acting silly,” Irma Gaither says.

Stanley, 17, was gunned down in her own bedroom inside her Kettering home last year. Police say the gunman kicked in her front door, chased her to her bedroom, shot her, and left.

Her death stunned family and friends who say they don’t understand who would want to harm such a loving young woman.

“Someone came into my home and murdered my baby daughter,” Gaither says.

Stanley’s mother sat with her niece for support Tuesday. Her father says it was too painful to attend the ceremony. But as Stanley’s name was called, something unexpected kept her mother going. She says she noticed a sign up in the stands made by a stranger. It said “We love you Amber.”

At this point police say Amber’s case still remains unsolved. Amber’s mother is hoping someone will see her picture on the news and want to say something and call police with the tip they need.