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Mother of 18-year-old shooting victim receives son's honorary diploma from Dothan High

Mother of 18-year-old shooting victim receives son's honorary diploma from Dothan High

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Majic Collins' honorary diploma

Cecilia Newby holds up her son Majic Collins’ honorary diploma as Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dennis Coe and Dothan High School principal Bill Singleton look on following a ceremony at Wiregrass Angel House on Thursday, June 3.

Dothan City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dennis Coe, alongside Dothan High Principal Bill Singleton, presented a special diploma at a small ceremony at Wiregrass Angel House Thursday.

Cecilia Newby, mother of Majic Collins, who was fatally shot last August, received her son’s honorary diploma, graduation cap, and tassel in the company of Collins’ friends and family.

At the time of his death, Dothan police said Collins was shot multiple times in the 1300 block of Galaxie Drive during a conversation with Darris Quinta Williams. Williams, who was 17 at the time of the incident, was later arrested and charged with murder in the case. His trial is set for August.

“When we have faith that strengthens us, we understand that Majic is here with us today at this ceremony,” Coe said. “I hope you can rest on the good memories you have of him, and I hope this ceremony can be one of those good memories.”

Newby said although this experience has been extremely hard, it means so much to her and her family that the school system and Wiregrass Angel House would think of Majic during this time.

“To receive Majic’s diploma in his honor, it has touched my heart,” Newby said. “He was so young, and I was looking forward to him graduating. So being able to accept this on his behalf, I feel honored, blessed, and thankful.”

Newby said she is also thankful for Wiregrass Angel House and its support for grieving families like hers. Wiregrass Angel House Outreach Advocate Katy Lewis said amid all the graduation ceremonies and parties going on, she wanted to provide Majic’s family with a space to celebrate and honor his life and achievements.

“The opportunity to graduate was taken from Majic,” Lewis said. “We wanted to make sure that he got recognition and his mom got to see him graduate.”

Sydney McDonald is a Dothan Eagle staff writer and can be reached at or 334.712.7906. Support her work and that of other Eagle journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at


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