Friends of Aaron Carrillo are petitioning the permission to remember him at their commencement ceremony. (Jessica Neels/

Students challenge Montwood High’s unwillingness to remember a beloved classmate in this year’s commencement

EL PASO – Aaron Carillo and Jon Cervoni had just left a band concert at their local church when their vehicle stalled. Then, a drunk driver speeding and swerving down the road hit them, taking their lives that hot summer night, July 8, 2011. Carillo was a student at Montwood High School. He was getting ready to begin his junior year when his life was ended abruptly. Many say he was a humble and genuine young man who believed strongly in Christian faith and righteous moral conduct.