Mom walks in late daughter's place during GCU graduation

Posted at 10:40 PM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-27 15:00:48-04

A mother walked in the Grand Canyon University commencement ceremony on Thursday in her late daughter’s place.

Earlier this month, Karli Richardson and Kelsey Richardson were tragically killed after their car was struck by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 17.

The wrong-way driver was later identified as Keaton Allison — another GCU student. He was also killed in the crash.

RELATED: 3 dead in wrong-way crash on Interstate 17 in Phoenix

Twenty-year-old Karli was slated to graduate from GCU with a degree in communications tomorrow. Instead, her mother will be walking in her steps.

“Our future was taken away from us with our children and their entire futures were taken,” Cathy Hocking said.

Cathy explained that Kelsey, 18, had dreams of becoming a doctor. Now, those dreams will never be fulfilled. 

The girls were heading to the Grand Canyon for the first time to watch the sunrise, Hocking previously told ABC15.

“He went six miles the wrong way at 80 miles-per-hour,” Cathy said. “I’m angry and I want results.”

Both Cathy and the girl's father, Gary Hocking, are desperate for answers regarding their daughters’ deaths.

“It was the best years of my life,” Gary said. “And I want it back — I want them back. It should be me, not them.”

Cathy will be accepting the diploma for her daughter at the commencement ceremony at GCU Arena tomorrow night.