TSU pauses on homecoming to remember law student

October 22, 2011 5:57:55 PM PDT
She was just 27 years old when she died in a hit-and-run accident this week. Saturday, a local law student was remembered by her classmates.

Police say Catherine Shaw was riding in the back seat of a vehicle Tuesday night when another car ran a red light and slammed into it. The Texas Southern University student died at the scene.

Saturday was TSU's homecoming. Students took a moment away from their celebrations to remember their classmate.

Between the drumming and dancing at TSU's homecoming parade, a silent tribute was paid to Shaw.

"We want to show our reverence to Catherine in the parade to show that she is and always will be loved and never forgotten," classmate Phillip Larmond said. "We're still all a family and [at] times like this, we come together like a family should."

Shaw was a second-year student at TSU's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Police say a hit-and-run driver ran through a red light at Dowling near Cleburne around 11:20pm Tuesday, crushing a Nissan Altima. Shaw was in the back seat and died instantly.

Within hours, police tracked down the runaway Buick LeSabre that hit them. By Wednesday, 17-year-old Daniel Garcia Palacios turned himself in. Officials say he confessed his role in the crash to investigators. He's charged with manslaughter and accident involving injury or death.

Palacious is in jail without bond. He is slated to make his first court appearance Monday morning.

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