ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Thousands have paid tribute to two fallen St. Petersburg officers in the last two weeks.
Friday, a group of St. Petersburg kids used their best singing voices to do the same.
Fifteen students with the Royal Theater Boys and Girls Club in midtown St. Petersburg spent the afternoon recording a song in memory of St. Petersburg Police Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sgt Thomas Baitinger that is set for public release at the end of February.
Forty students will participate in the project by the time it is completed.
The song is called "Why".
"I think one of the best ways to send messages, whether positive or negative, is through music," said the song's composer LX Harris."To kill hate instead of each other."
That's part of the reason 10-year-old Leah Dudley wanted to be a part of the project.
"I was home sick that day," Dudley said.
"I was impacted by the shooting because I live so close, four blocks away," she recalled.
Dudley started asking a question that morning, one that's not easy for a 10-year-old.
"If two policemen got shot, who's going to be next?" she said. "It's scary because I live so close."
The feeling of shock and grief lives close by for Dudley.
"I was really close to my aunt, " she said.
Her aunt, her hero, died of a heart attack, unexpectedly, on a day that changed everything, just like the day Dudley found herself singing about in a small studio Friday afternoon.
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