As the community finds ways to grapple with Thursday's fatal movie theatre shooting, some have planned vigils to show support to those victims and families affected by the tragedy.
Police have said two moviegoers were killed and nine injured when John Russell Houser opened fire during a Thursday evening showing of the comedy "Trainwreck." Early Friday morning, police released the names of those killed: Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, and Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette.
At least two events are planned Friday:
At 8:30 p.m., a vigil is planned at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's quad
Prior to a 7 p.m. vigil at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts the public is encourged to make prayer flags for Breaux and Johnson. Donations of fabric, fabric pins and paints are encouraged. The community arts project will move to Parc Sans Souci at 6 p.m. and also continue at Wednesday’s music concert at the Horse Farm.
At 7:30 p.m., a vigil and ecumenical prayer service for victims is planned at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 914 St. John Street. Tiffany S. Capps, a licensed professional counselor, will be a guest speaker to discuss how to make sense of the tragic event and promote healing in the community.
Public works director Kevin Blanchard said Friday that the city is planning a memorial sometime next week. Blanchard said for now the city is limiting permits for large events that would require the city to shift police resources away from the investigation.
“Right now it’s a resource issue,” Blanchard said. “We certainly understand that people feel the need to try to start the healing process and that process has certainly started, but we have limited resources right now in the short term, so we’re reviewing permits by a case-by-case basis.”
He encouraged those who would like to be involved with next week’s community-wide memorial to call the city-parish president’s office at: 337-291-8300.