High school starting Wednesday without one senior, "she was a friend to everybody"

16-year-old Nitaya Adams was shot and killed early Sunday morning; she was going to be a senior at George Washington High School this year (Photo: provided by family)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- George Washington High School in Danville will have extra counseling resources on hand for the first day of school Wednesday, to help them deal with the loss of their classmate.

16-year-old Nitaya Adams was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

Nitaya's family said she was so excited to start her first day of her last year of high school at George Washington.

When Malcolm Plummer heard the news that his teenage daughter had been shot, he didn't think it could be true.

"Only thing you wish as a parent, when you wake up in the mornings, or before you go to bed, they're there with you," he said.

Family members say Adams was a friend to everybody.

"That was my mini me, me and her look just alike, act just alike," said Malqueita Plummer, Nitaya's older sister.

They say she had dreams of going to college.

"She wanted to be a nurse, something to do with kids," they said.

Plummer doesn't want any other parents to experience what he's facing.

"It just happened to be my child that caught the bullet," he said.

The Superintendent of Danville Public Schools relates on a professional and personal level.

"I know what it's like to have a daughter, I know that special bond between the father and the daughter, and there's nothing like it," Stanley Jones said. "She was an engaging young lady, someone we believed in."

Jones said teachers described Nitaya has having a bright future.

"This is painful for every segment of the community," he said. "I'm concerned about what we're going to do collectively to stop the violence."

Jones said he has resources in place and extra counseling available for students and staff as well.

"They are going to embrace kids [Wednesday] morning, we are going to try to get them in the business of learning, but we can't ignore what's happened," Jones added.

Jones also said he wants to talk to Nitaya's family to come up with a way they can honor her this school year.

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