CONVENT — Two more men were arrested Friday in the fight that broke out between white and black males at a Christmas Eve bonfire event that left two black teens injured, one seriously, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin said.
Grady Gieger, 25, of Prairieville, and Dylan Recotta, 19, of Gramercy, were each booked into the St. James Parish jail on a count of second-degree battery, Martin said.
Dylan Recotta, 19, of Gramercy was booked into the St. James parish jail on a count of second-degree battery.
On Thursday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Jordan Hitt, 21, of Gramercy, also on a count of second-degree battery.
Martin said Thursday the motive for the fight remains unclear but that investigators have found no evidence to support claims that it was racially driven, precipitated by a white girl talking to a black teen.
The fight between the two groups of young males broke out on the Mississippi River levee in Gramercy shortly after midnight, in the first hours of Christmas Day, the sheriff said.
Two cousins, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, were injured in the fight and were taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales by their friends, La’Quesha Scott of Convent, the mother of the 15-year-old, said earlier this week.
Her son suffered a sprained knee and his 17-year-old cousin, Shannon Dumas, suffered severe injuries to his face and head, Scott said.
Initial comments from the boys’ mothers, as well as Facebook posts from others, said the fight was racially driven.
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Scott on Thursday said she hoped it wasn’t, since her son, a ninth-grader at Lutcher High, knew some of the attackers as students and recent graduates of the high school, where they had previously gotten along.
Scott and Lahoma Dumas, the mother of the 17-year-old, said their sons believed they and their friends were attacked after a white girl spoke with one of the black teens in their group.
On Friday, however, Sheriff Martin said the Sheriff’s Office had found “no evidence that supported that.”
The two groups of boys had spoken in a friendly manner at the bonfire on Christmas Eve before the fight broke out, Martin said.
“Nobody’s given us any indication that there were issues before” the fight, he said.
Editor's note: This article was changed on Saturday, Dec. 30, to note that the second person arrested was Grady Gieger and that he is from Prairieville.