Statement by the family of Clarisse Grime

  • July 6, 2012 - 7:02 PM

Clarisse W. Grime was born on November 11, 1995 in Ethiopia. Clarisse was known as a friendly child. She got along well with everyone and enjoyed spending time with herfriends. Clarisse was an only child and spent a lot of time with her family and especially her mother as they worked on many domestic projects together including such things as cooking, sewing and decorating.

Clarisse was also a bright child. She spoke three languages: Italian, Amharic and English. Clarisse worked hard in school and carried nearly all A’s and B’s during her freshman and sophomore years at Harding. She was in summer school to get additional support as she prepared to take state graduation required testing. Clarisse was equally as talented in the arts. She enjoyed sewing, drawing and painting.
Our family has only been in the United Sates for 2.5 years. We recently moved to Minnesota from Italy. We have always dreamed of living in the United States and living out the American dream of working hard and giving our daughter the same opportunities that other American teenage students have. That dream has now been broken. Our daughter’s dream has ended.
We are truly grateful to everyone who has supported us thus far. We want to thank the staff at Harding High School for their care and support of our daughter. Harding was like a second home for her. She came home daily and talked about the great students and teachers at the school. We would like to thank Clarisse’s fellow students for their willingness to build the friendships with our daughter and for making her feel welcomed into the school community.
Finally, we would like to thank Ms. Jackie Turner from the St. Paul public schools for taking the time to help our family through this terrible situation. There is nothing in life that can prepare a parent to lose their child but Ms. Turner has been there since the beginning and provided guidance all along the way. We are truly grateful for her compassion and support of our family.
As we say goodbye to our beautiful daughter, we are asking that justice be done and that the community continue to keep our family in their prayers and thoughts.
Yoseph Yimam and Martha Woldegiorgis, father and mother

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