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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A former ASU student, brutally murdered in 1995 will have her legacy live on in a scholarship set up by an anonymous donor.

Donyetta Drake was 25 when she was gunned down outside the South Slappey Post office by an ex-boyfriend. Calvin Sessions then ran next door to Hardee's and shot and killed Public Works employee Harvey Ferrell.

While the violent end to Donyetta's life is still painful for her mother and four sisters who were present at Friday's ceremony, a family friend is glad her memory will live on in a scholarship.

"She was a person who was not always concerned about herself, she was concerned about setting an example for others to follow, so that was a big part of her life and the way she lived her life," said Emanuel Frazier, a family friend.

"We do have a secret donor doing this, the beauty of it, her dream was to become a lawyer and so now it gives others an opportunity to move forward and become a lawyer," said Dr. Joshua Murfree, ASU Chief of Staff.

The thousand dollar scholarship will be awarded to a student graduating from Albany State who plans to attend law school. Applications for the scholarship have been made available to students and the deadline is March 12. The scholarship will be awarded March 26th.


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