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CMSD gives honorary diploma in remembrance of Tamir Rice

Cleveland Metropolitan School District to present honorary diploma in remembrance of Tamir Rice

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) will present an honorary diploma to the mother of Tamir Rice at the district’s summer commencement ceremony this evening.

Tamir would have been on track to graduate this spring, but his life was cut short after being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer in 2014. 

The diploma will be given to Samaria Rice in the auditorium of CMSD’s East Professional Center. This evening’s ceremony will feature more than 50 seniors representing 17 CMSD high schools.

12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot by Officer Timothy Loehmann on November 22, 2014 after police received a call about a “guy with a pistol” outside of a Cleveland recreation center. Rice had been playing with a pellet gun and officers said that they did not know that he was a juvenile and that he was playing with a toy before he was fatally shot twice. 

The caller, who was drinking a beer and waiting for a bus, told a 911 dispatcher that it was probably a juvenile and the gun might be “fake,” though that information was never relayed to the officers.

No member of the Cleveland Division of Police was ever charged as a result of Rice’s death.

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