BROWNSVILLE - More than a dozen girls graduated this morning from a mentoring program in Brownsville that was started by a local detective who said she wanted to create something positive out of a tragedy.

Detective Katrina Brownlee, a Brownsville native, created her 'A Rose is Still a Rose' mentorship program in 2011. She says she was inspired to host it at P.S. 298 after a young mother, Zurana Horton, was shot and killed outside the school.

Today's graduates have been working with Brownlee since February, participating in community service and self-esteem workshops.