Obituary: Aliyah Thornhill

Aliyah Thornhill died Monday, October 31, 2022 in a traffic accident. She was 14 years old.

Aliyah is survived by her father, Maurice Thornhill, and her mother, Ayonna Suttles, as well as her adult brothers, Marquise and Darnae Thornhill, her grandmothers, Rosemary Miller and Devora Favors, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Aliyah attended Koufax Elementary School and Northwest Guilford Middle School in Greensboro, NC, before moving to Durham and attending Riverside High School. Here, she was an active member of the theater and orchestra programs, where she played Clara in the fall play, A Ghost for Rosanda, and was a violinist for the orchestra. A song will be played in her honor during the December 2 orchestra concert and Ms. Taylor’s theater class is wearing pink ribbons in her honor. They plan on putting a pink ribbon with her name on it on a tree in front of the school.

Aliyah’s mother referred to her as a triple threat, as a talented artist, actor, and musician. She had ambitions of becoming a fashion designer. By eight years old she was already drawing dresses and outfits. 

“She had so many talents. She truly was a joy and will be dearly missed,” Ayonna Suttles said.

Memorial donations can be made to a GoFundMe created by her neighbors.

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