Mother Accepts Diploma for Daughter Who Died Under Suspicious Circumstances
On June 14th, Jennika Suazo would have graduated but on December 9 she was found dead in her P Street home by roommates. Eureka Police have said her death was suspicious in the past but will only say now that the investigation into the 18-year-old’s death is “ongoing and active.”
When Jennika’s class of 2017 graduated, another student, Makayla Thomas, carried Jennika’s photo which had been altered so that Jennika was wearing a cap and gown like her classmates. In a way, she walked with her friends much like she would have if she were still alive. When Thomas arrived at her seat, she placed Jennika’s photo in the empty chair beside her.
Later, when Jennika’s name was called, her mother, Jennie Seipp, accepted Jennika’s diploma in her memory. Jennika’s father, Kevin Suazo, came from Yuba City to be part of his daughter’s posthumous graduation.
“She was planning on being a nurse; her future was very bright,” Seipp said. “I felt her presence today. [S]he definitely was there with me….I felt happy and sad and very proud.”
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- Suspicious Death Investigated by EPD
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