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Lehigh Acres dad takes daughter to 'in-home' prom

Posted at 10:29 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 23:03:48-04

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — As the coronavirus pandemic threatens special moments like prom for local teens, one high schooler is taking matters into her own hands.

Destiny Torres is a 17-year-old at Lehigh Senior High School.

She tells FOX 4 she couldn't wait to attend prom in May.

But with school closures due to coronavirus precautions, she knows her big night might not happen the way she once pictured it.

That's why she asked for a favor.

She penned a note:

"Since my first prom might be canceled, and I already have the dress, will you do me the honor of being my first dance?"

Torres taped that note to her dad's bedroom door.

Jose Ray Torres describes finding it the next morning.

“I felt warm. I teared a little bit, you know.”

Later that same day and with her dad by her side, Destiny and her family dressed up for their own, in-house 'prom'.

As streamers hung from their living room ceiling and multi-colored disco lights circled around the room, a young girl danced in her dad's arms.

“This will be a moment I will never forget," she tells FOX 4.
"I'm probably gonna cherish this for the rest of my life.”

For Jose Ray, making this happen was never an option.

"I’m gonna do whatever it takes to keep my kids happy during this terrible time.”

Schools in the state of Florida are closed until April 15th.

Trust FOX 4 to share event changes due to coronavirus here.