Amy Stewart, a senior student at Pittsburgh CAPA, hosted a Fantasy Fashion Show recently in memory of her slain friend.
She was deeply moved by the death of her friend, Shavaughn “Kierra” Wallace, a Schenley High School graduate and student at IUP, who was gunned down on the North Side in May 2009.
Shavaughn was pregnant and due to give birth within weeks of the tragedy. The bullets that took her and the child’s life were meant for the young man she was with and she was struck while running for safety at a nearby home.
“I want to keep the memory of Shavaughn alive,” said Carla Gaines, Shavaughn’s mother. “I want girls to be aware of the people they date and to remind the community of the impact of this kind of violence. A lot of lives have been affected by the loss of Shavaughn.”
Amy set out to use her talents and passion for fashion design to honor Shavaughn. She gathered seven student designers from Pittsburgh CAPA and another from University Prep who presented their collections. Tickets were $5 for adults and $3 for students with the proceeds going to the “Kierra Keeps Caring” Foundation.