This will be a bittersweet day for graduating students of Mother Teresa High School.

Their graduation ceremony tonight will feature a special remembrance prayer for Christian Williams, the 18-year-old who died in a street racing-related collision Tuesday afternoon.

Students would have been getting ready for prom yesterday, but around 300 gathered at the school to speak with counsellors and grieve with their friends.

A memorial service for students and family members will be held tomorrow, according the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder told city council that she had spoken to the principal at Mother Teresa High School, and a trust fund is being opened at the Bank of Nova Scotia to help the Williams family with funeral costs.

“Last year, Christian’s mother died and is buried in Halifax, and it’s my understanding that they want to send him back to be with his mom,” said Harder.

“So if anyone has any thoughts of being able to do something to help, Scotiabank would be the bank, and the family and school community in Barrhaven would appreciate it.”

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