BATON ROUGE – Household and buddies of one of many victims killed throughout a week-long spike in home violence gathered to recollect the 19-year-old at a tailgate at Southern College.
“As an alternative of me planning a venue of the twenty first of subsequent month for when my child turns 20, I am having to take care of funeral houses and graveyards,” the sufferer’s mom, Shawnrika James, mentioned.
James’ daughter Shayla James, a scholar at Southern, was killed on Wednesday by her boyfriend at her condominium on Burbank Drive—a month earlier than her twentieth birthday.
“She had already purchased her outfit. She was already planning for this. So why not do it in her honor?” James mentioned.
In the course of the tailgate, purple balloons have been launched as a result of it was James’ favourite colour.
Her boyfriend is now in jail for homicide, however nobody noticed any indicators of hassle of their relationship.
“This man has taken my daughter from me, from lots of people who actually love her, and he is sitting in jail. And I need him to know, ask your self, was it actually value it?” the sufferer’s father, Edward James, mentioned.
Shayla James was an schooling main in her sophomore 12 months at Southern when she was killed. Her mom asks that individuals be part of #LongLiveShayla, for discussions about victims of home violence.