Indiana teen creates unique prom dress to honor her late brother

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INDIANAPOLIS — When someone you love passes away, you do what you can to honor their life. It’s what Antonio Frierson's family does every year.

Police said the 16-year-old Ben Davis High School student was shot and killed more than two years ago by his friend, Micah Sanders, who was playing with a gun.

Antonio's family thinks the shooting was intentional. Sanders pleaded guilty to two charges and spent time behind bars.

One of Antonio’s dreams was to go to prom, and through the imagination of his sister, Antonett Frierson, he’ll be right next to her.

"I took my memories and imagination and created something," Antonett said.

With the help of Vivian Jackson designer Mariah Jackson, Antonett came up with the perfect way to take Antonio to prom: by making a dress with photos of the teen all over it.

"Recently I had lost a friend through gun violence and it was very, very intense," Jackson said. "It was a similar story, only her son was even younger, so it really hit home."

Antonett's dress and her brother's memory are made all the more emotional by the fact her brother's killer just violated his community corrections sentence and had a warrant issued for his arrest.

"You see the person that killed him just being able to go to social media and say, 'This is what I ate today,' and say what is happening in life," Antonett said. "I can’t see that. I can’t talk to him."

Antonio's mother, Angelyca Dossa, said one of her son’s biggest wishes was to attend prom with his sister. This dress is something Antonett will cherish for a lifetime.

"I just didn’t pick just any picture of his face or because it’s a clear picture of his face. Every picture on that dress has a story," Antonett said.

"Now that the dress is made, it’s even more beautiful than we thought it would be," Dossa said.

Antonett’s prom is Saturday. They'll be celebrating the big day as a family.


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