Classmates mourning the loss of Pouneh Bahri

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Parents send their children to Horizons School to give them the opportunity to learn and to live their adult lives to the fullest.

Dr. Jade Carter, who is the executive director of the school, says the school gives students the opportunity to move away from home, learn how to take care of themselves and learn how to make friends.

Pouneh Bahri made more than friends during her time at Horizons. She made family.

Bahri was killed Tuesday when a trolley struck her as she was crossing the street.

“When something happens to one of them, something explainable or something unexplainable, it’s as if one of your family members has been torn from your family,” Carter said.

Students at Horizon brought roses to the school Wednesday in memory of Bahri. They don’t understand why such a tragic event occurred. They just miss her.

“Our young lady was, is, kind and gentle and generous and thoughtful,” Carter said.

Carters says the students are beginning to process their grief with church pastors and their school advisors.

It will take time.

“When you look at the responsiveness of the community, it shows that Birmingham has a heart and an open door policy for individuals who don’t fit traditional spaces in life,” Carter added.

She says Pouneh will always have a home at Horizons.

“I don’t think people disappear from your life,” Carter said. “Their impact doesn’t stop because they don’t exist physically anymore. She is a presence here, and I think she is here.”

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