On the morning of November 14, 2019, Gracie had just purchased tickets to her first Saugus High School dance when a lost and confused 16-year-old student pulled out a .45 caliber Ghost Gun and opened fire. Gracie, along with 14-year-old Dominic Michael Blackwell were killed by the gunfire, and 3 other students were injured - including Gracie’s best friend Addie. The incident shocked the community and unfairly cut short two promising lives. Gracie went to school that day with the excitement and anticipation provided by the promise of her first high school dance. Instead, everything was changed forever.
Today, we choose to remember everything about Gracie that made her 15 years on Earth so incredible. She was a beloved friend, a caring sister, and a loving daughter. Her light will continue to shine through The GracieStrong Foundation as we fight to empower others and teach them that their voice can be used as a tool for good. This is Gracie. We are #GRACIESTRONG.