NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Wednesday, Dunston Primary School students grabbed their umbrellas, braved the rain and hit the streets of North Charleston.
They walked for their classmate, Tyreik Gadsden.
The 5-year-old was shot the day of his Kindergarten graduation, while outside of his grandmother's home in Downtown Charleston.
With a bullet still lodged in his spine, Tyreik's family says he's now paralyzed from the waist down.
"He's one of those personalities that you cannot forget," said Dunston Primary School Principal Janice Malone.
Tyreik's classmates marched down Remount Road with neighbors, city leaders and North Charleston police officers.
"It was heartbreaking to know that I just watched him graduate with my little girl," said Nitosha Young, parent.
The marchers donned purple ribbons, held signs and chanted "1-2-3, a-b-c, children's lives matter to me." They walked for Tyreik, but also raise awareness for a greater cause.
"Tyreik symbolizes what's going on in the community that's effecting our children on a regular basis," said Malone.
Principal Malone says they're going to use this tragedy to teach their students a bigger lesson.
"There's a way to handle anger because that's what's going on. There's so much anger in the community and people are solving, or they think they are, with guns and that's not the solution," said Malone.
Tyreik's father, Ricky Gadsden, came out to thank the crowd and told Live 5 that his son is still in good spirits at the rehab facility in North Carolina. He says Tyreik is expected to come home in a few weeks.