Slain teen Amber Stanley’s family to receive her high school diploma

Amber D. Stanley, a Prince George’s County honors student who was gunned down in her home in August, will receive her high school diploma posthumously Tuesday.

Briant Coleman, a spokesman for the school system, said a diploma will be presented to Stanley’s family at the Charles H. Flowers High School graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center.

Stanley, 17, aspired to attend Harvard University and become a doctor.

She was enrolled in her high school’s elite Science and Technology Program, which admits the top 15 percent of county students. She was known as a peer leader and was part of a group that tutored other students, according to teachers.

“It is a tragedy when you lose someone with such potential,” the school’s principal, Gorman Brown, said at the time of Stanley’s death.

Amber Stanley (Courtesy of Prince George's Public Schools)

A gunman kicked in the front door of Stanley’s Kettering home, chased her to her bedroom, shot her and walked out of the house.

She was the first of six high school students who were killed during a six-month span.

Law enforcement officials said detectives are exploring whether the assailant killed Stanley by mistake, whether the intended target was another 17-year-old girl living in the house, a foster child with a troubled past.

No arrests have been made in the case.

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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