Ebony Banks, the Houston teenager whose wish to meet Beyoncé came true last week, died Sunday from cancer. As CBS 8 reports, Banks’s death was confirmed by her school Alief Hastings High School on Twitter. Dozens of her friends, family members, and classmates gathered Sunday to hold a candlelight vigil in her honor.
Band has organized a candlelight vigil for Ebony Banks at 8pm at the Band Tower on the corner of Cook and Alief Clodine. All are welcome.- #GoBears 🐾 (@AliefHastingsHS) March 26, 2017
Banks, who was diagnosed with a rare form of stage 4 cancer, made headlines last week when her friends started a campaign on social media to have her meet Beyoncé. “Beyoncé is one of her idols. She admires her so much, so we’re trying to put that on Twitter and Instagram to get Beyoncé’s attention,” according to classmate Karina Gutierrez. On March 22, the singer FaceTimed the teen, who had spent the majority of her senior year at MD Anderson Hospital.
Days before, Banks’s school district put together a special graduation ceremony for her at the hospital.
Congratulations to our first graduate of 2017! pic.twitter.com/vFe1yk6Svd- #GoBears 🐾 (@AliefHastingsHS) March 16, 2017
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