Kazzie Portie: A police officer who told a student his parents were killed surprised him at his graduation ceremony

The young man's parents were killed in a motorcycle accident by a drunk driver

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The Independent US

Kazzie Portie’s parents, Riley and Emily, were killed by a drunk driver on May 24.

Eric Ellison, an officer at the Orange Police Department in Texas, broke the news to the couple’s five children and told the youngest he’d be by his side during graduation.

“I said, ‘You are going to walk! Your mom and dad will have front-row seats looking down from heaven, and I’ll stand in their place. I’ve got your back,” he said.

Blake Henning, Kazzie’s older brother, posted a video on Facebook which showed the entire crowd giving a standing ovation as Kazzie received his diploma.

“My parents talked in the last month how proud they were of me for graduating, and not just for graduating, but how proud of me they were for the man I have become,” Kazzie said. “And knowing all of this, truly warms my heart with joy.”

Mr Ellison later wrote on Facebook that he was doing what he hopes someone else would do for his own daughters.

“I just want everybody to remember that through this tragedy, this was all about Kazzie. And his day to shine.”

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