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Teen shot, killed outside Richmond grocery store to be honored at graduation

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) --- A teen girl who was shot and killed at a grocery store parking lot about two months ago will be honored at graduation, according to family members.

Latifah Hudnall was 18-years-old when she died from gunshot wounds. Richmond Police say 17-year-old Terrence Whitmire pulled the trigger on March 31st, outside Sabatino's Grocery Store on Government Road. 

"My life, my family's life. It stopped," said Julia Brown, Hudnall's grandmother. 

Hudnall, who also went by Tifah, lived with her grandmother on and off since she was little.

"She just lit up a room, her smile was just," she said with a smile. "When you saw her you said oh here comes Tifah."

The teen had a style all of her own, with a special talent for hair, make up and nails. Brown went to Hudnall's school days before she was killed to get her nails done. Until three weeks ago, she still had the same nail polish on, that her granddaughter painted herself. 

"I didn't want her polish that she put on removed. When I went to have it taken off. I lost it," she said, with tears in her eyes. 

Prom was around the corner, and Hudnall was talking to Brown about what she needed to do to get ready on Saturday, March 31st. 

"I had a friend that was going to hem her prom dress and tighten it up for her," Brown said. "That was,11:30 that morning. That was the last conversation I had with her."

Tifah didn't get to wear the dress to the dance, though. 

"She was buried in her prom dress. She looked like a doll baby."

Hudnall was passionate about working in a salon and making others look the best they could. That's why she was studying cosmetology. She was on track to graduate with her diploma and license. 

Brown got a letter from Henrico County Public Schools, saying the school division wanted to honor Hudnall in a special way - by having Brown accept her cosmetology license on her behalf. 

"She told me that she was going to get it, and her word is true," Brown said.

Pride fills Brown's heart, knowing her granddaughter will graduate like she wanted to. 

Despite this, there's still a hole she wants no one else to feel. 

"They say you're not supposed to snitch. But if you know somebody have a gun, especially 17 years old," she said. "Don't let him keep it because he ain't going to do nothing but murder somebody." 

The  graduation is Monday, June 11th, at the Richmond International Raceway Amphitheater at 7 p.m. 

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