Her goal was clear: to save money for nursing school at the renowned Howard University. The young entrepreneur’s basement in Jamaica, Queens, was transformed into a designated hair braiding studio, catering to a growing clientele that admired her skill.
Dedication to her future beyond her years was evident. She tirelessly managed her business while also striving to excel in her studies as a sophomore in high school. Her parents, initially supportive of her ambitions, eventually had to step in to help balance her entrepreneurial pursuits with her academic responsibilities.
Her mother, Marian Abbey, spoke with pride and admiration about Claudia’s determination. “I would never change anything about Claudia,” she said. “Claudia was not perfect, but Claudia was exactly what I prayed for.”
She had plans to braid a friend’s hair that fateful evening when the gunshot shattered her promising future. Claudia passed away in the hospital the following day, leaving behind a community deeply saddened by the loss of a bright and aspiring young soul.
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