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Mom fights to get daughter honorary degree after DUI death

Faith Love would be graduating from high school
Posted at 11:36 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 03:02:39-04
A valley mom fights to get an honorary degree for her daughter, Faith Love, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2011.
"She was by far one of my greatest accomplishments," said mom Rocquell Love. 
The incident happened as the 12-year-old was trick-or-treating in a Summerlin neighborhood on October 31, 2011.
Police said driver Justin Caramanica, 41, struck the child.
Faith  was rushed to University Medical Center but she did not survive.
"It's taken me a long time to learn how to function again," said Love.
Love has had to function without her daughter at birthdays, holidays, and life events.
If Faith were still alive, the now 18-year-old would be graduating from high school.
"I don't want the date to come, and go and me not have something to present to my family," said Love.
Since February, Love has been trying to obtain an honorary degree for Faith.  
She said she has made numerous calls to the district.  She even emailed the superintendent.  
"I've spoken to the dean, the registrar," she said.  
After many weeks and attempts, Love said she finally got an answer.
"Honestly I didn't expect a no," she said. 
That's when the upset mom turned to 13 Action News.  We contacted the district and within an hour or so, Love was told her daughter would get an honorary degree. 
"It's more than a piece of paper, it's monumental," said Love, "...it's a victory."
The degree will be from Palo Verde High School, according to the Clark County School District.
Caramanica is still serving his felony sentence at a facility in Carson City.