Vigil Honors Grand Ledge High School Teen

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge 

It would have been his 18th birthday on March 22, but his life was cut short. Deven Guilford, a former Grand Ledge High School student who was shot to death by a police officer in February, was honored by his fellow community members through a vigil on that frigid March night. “It started out as word-of-mouth,” said Faith Rutherford, friend of Guilford. “Then we made a Facebook event, posted it on the Grand Ledge Community Facebook page and it spread like wildfire.”

Rutherford purposely planned the event to be on Guilford’s would-be 18th birthday, inviting anyone in the community to come honor his life. Many of Guilford’s classmates also attended the vigil.