MONTREAL, JANUARY 31, 2011 – A sombre memorial was held recently at Gardenview Elementary School in St. Laurent to honour the memory of former student Deyan Perisic, who was tragically killed on December 13 in Texas. His sister, Danyela, was shot and is now recovering in hospital. Their father is in custody..
Joining students and teachers at the memorial were members of the family, including Deyan’s mother, Vera Vucerakovich.
In attendance from the English Montreal School Board to pay tribute to the former Gardenview student were Director General Robert Stocker, Director of Student Services Lew Lewis, Regional Director Claude Dansereau, Commissioner Bernard Praw, Spiritual, Religious and Moral Education Consultant Irene Miller and Spiritual Animator Katie Leggitt.
Gardenview teachers and students who were close to Deyan helped honour his life by lighting three candles, symbolizing the past, present and future. The Grade 5 class remembered their peer through the reading of emotional poetry as well as the signing of “Lean on Me”, serving as a reminder that the students still have each other.
Following a prayer for peace, Principal Tina Lavranos unveiled the memorial plaque, a gesture which truly touched the family members in attendance.