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Laser cat boy

A seventeen year old high school senior who insisted on having his senior portrait taken with his cat, laser-style. Draven Rodriguez of Schenectady, New York made news in the Fall of 2014 when he insisted on having his senior portrait taken with his rescue cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, in his yearbook photo. But it wasn’t to create any sort of controversy, Rodriguez said. Rather, he just wanted to be different. “I really wanted to be remembered and this is kind of my last chance in the area before I move on to college and hopefully do great things with my life,” Rodriguez told ABC News at the time of the photo. “I want people to remember my personality and not just my face.”

The school initially gave Rodriguez flak for wanting his feline friend in the photo, the student launched an online petition to seek support for his endeavor. That petition garnered more than 7,500 signatures. School officials eventually relented by having the school principal, Diane Wilkinson, to bring her own pet Chihuahua to the photo shoot. Rodriguez and Wilkinson posed together with their furry friends in one photo for the school year book, complete with a note about a cause dear to both of them: rescue animal.

In February 2015, Draven Rodriguez , the New York high school senior whose '80s-style laser portrait with his cat became an Internet phenomenon died of an apparent suicide.

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