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Shelton teen killed in crash will be honored at graduation

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Edmund Conklin. (Shelton schools photo) Edmund Conklin. (Shelton schools photo)
Kristjan Ndoj  (Shelton schools photo) Kristjan Ndoj (Shelton schools photo)

After a family of a teenager killed in a car wreck has been fighting for his diploma, officials have agreed to provide an honorary one at graduation.

The parents of Edmund “Eddy” Conklin will receive his diploma at the Shelton High School graduation this year. There will also be an empty seat with a gown and cap for Eddy.

At first, the school board said it would not allow the family to pick up Eddy’s diploma at graduation, and said his name would not be called.

Students took to social media with the hashtags #JusticeForEd, and #PeaceForConklins in an effort to change the board’s mind.

On Tuesday, Eddy's mom told Eyewitness News they had a private meeting with the school superintendent and mayor, and reached an agreement to honor Eddy at the ceremony.

Eddy was killed in a crash in February on Bridgeport Avenue.

Another member of the Class of 2016 in Shelton will be remembered during graduation as well. Kristjan Ndoj was shot and killed in 2014, when he was 15 years old. His death is still under investigation.

In an email, Shelton Superintendent of Schools Christopher Clouet said "We are pleased to have had a chance to speak with the family outside of the intensity of the media glare and reach a respectful resolution. The important thing is that the 2 deceased members of the Class of 2016 will be remembered and the entire graduating class will have a positive end-of-HS experience!"

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