Calyx Schenecker remembered on graduation day

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Tampa, Florida -- Friends will be celebrating the life of Calyx Schenecker, a bright student taken too soon, on the day she should have graduated from high school.

She was a victim of a crime that shocked the Tampa Bay community -- a mother accused of killing her two children.

The crime happened in 2011. Now, two and a half years later, that mother, Julie Schenecker, is behind bars and her daughter Calyx won't be graduating with her classmates from Tampa's King High School.

The graduation ceremony for King High starts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

At an event where so many people will be talking about the future, there will be one core group thinking more about a girl whose future was snatched away.

Before it begins, a group of Calyx Schenecker's friends will gather to talk about her.

During the ceremony, many will wear armbands to try to carry a part of her with them across the stage.

Calyx was part of the International Baccalaureate program at the school. It's academically challenging, but her friends say she excelled.

Those friends glow when they talk about Calyx, saying she was so smart, a fantastic friend, and as a 16-year old, a good big sister to her 13-year old brother Beau.

There are 423 seniors graduating Tuesday. It should have been 424. And Calyx's friends don't want anyone to forget that.

Police say in New Tampa in 2011, Calyx's mother Julie shot her while she was doing her homework after shooting Calyx's brother Beau as she brought him home from soccer practice.

Julie Schenecker's murder trial is set to begin in October. It appears she'll use an insanity defense. Prosecutors are looking to pursue the death penalty.

Her next major court appearance is in September, right as Calyx would have been starting her first year in college.

Follow 10 News reporter Grayson Kamm on Twitter at @graysonkamm as he travels Tampa Bay telling your stories.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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