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Sharpton's friends and classmates accepted their nursing degrees today at the Highland Hills Church of Christ in Tullahoma.
"Megan worked hard for this," said Kelly Sharpton, Megan's mother. "She wanted this, she wanted to be a nurse and she was on her way before her life was stolen."
Sharpton's burned and beaten body was found in a Franklin County field July 3.
Her mother, who accepted Megan's diploma Friday said her daughter's loss affects more than just her family.
"I'm not the only one that should be sad," she said. "Every patient that she would have had, every person that she would have touched should also be lost like I am."
The 18 classmates that studied alongside Megan say graduation wasn't the same without her.
"She's not physically here with us but in spirit," said Wren Perry, a classmate.
That's why they decorated an empty seat in her honor and put together a touching slide show that was played during the ceremony.
"We made that for her for us to show tonight of pictures of Megan to express to everyone who didn't get to meet he what kind of person she was," Perry said.
Megan's mother said the support from her daughter's friends was hard to put in words.
"Bittersweet," Kelly Sharpton said. "[I'm] so proud of her for her work but heartbroken that some evil person would take her from this world."
Investigators said they are looking into a person of interest. A convicted felon named Donnie Jones is being held at the Coffee County Jail on a weapons charge and $100,000 bond.
Friday, October 26 2012, 10:54 PM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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