Former Centennial H.S. student killed in Virginia Tech shootings honored


An former Champaign student who was killed in the Virginia Tech shootings two years ago is honored in a day of service.

A group of students gave back to the community Saturday in honor of former Centennial High School student, Austin Cloyd. They organized the Austin Cloyd Day of Service to remember her life since she was devoted to helping the community. While at Centennial, Cloyd was a member of the Interact volunteer group.

"The fact that this one person was so devoted to helping the community and making the world a better place is just an inspiration to us," said student volunteer Mark Pica.

More than one hundred volunteers were scattered throughout Champaign doing basic yard work, cleaning up trash and even putting a new roof on a house.

"One little piece at a time, you're helping Champaign-Urbana be a better place," said student volunteer Victoria Shaffer.

Todd Salen helped organize the students' efforts and is proud that this memorial is a little different.

"This is the perfect way to memorialize Austin," Salen said. "To have people go out in the community, spend time and get involved."

Cloyd attended Centennial through her junior year. She would have celebrated her 21st birthday Friday.

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