Saturday, October 29, 2011
Conor W. Reynolds
SPRINGFIELD – The Cathedral High School graduation on Friday provided a joyous ceremony for students, families and staff, mixed with solemn moments in memory of slain classmate Conor W. Reynolds.
The commencement, conducted at the Cathedral auditorium, was preceded by a fire alarm and brief evacuation, was punctuated by song and encouraging speeches and closed with a presentation of diplomas to 122 graduates and one diploma presented to the Reynolds family. “It was a special day,” graduate Stefan Audet said immediately after the graduation. “I think remembering Conor was the right thing to do here. We worked so hard this year after a huge loss, and especially to get this far.
It was mixed feelings: both sad and happiness.” Reynolds, a school soccer star, was stabbed to death March 13, during a large birthday party for one of his classmates. Charged with murder was Eric B. Denson, 20, of Springfield, who has pleaded innocent and is being jailed without right to bail, pending trial.