The Westwego Police Department's charity is inviting the public to attend a fundraiser that the organization is throwing this weekend to benefit the family of a local officer who was slain in January.
Westwego Police Benevolent Association officials said the benefit for officer Michael Louviere's family is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday at the Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., and last until 6 p.m. Admission is $5, and the event will feature food, a car show, a poker run, a 50-50 raffle and auctions.
The musical acts Tet' Dur', Faith Becnel & The Music Krewe, Cypress and Category 6 will all perform live throughout the day. More information can be found on the event's Facebook page.
Louviere was fatally shot on a Marrero street on the morning of Jan. 20 while attempting to help a pregnant woman named Simone Veal as she was being attacked by her estranged husband, Sylvester Holt. Holt killed both Louviere and Veal — a supervisor at a petroleum inspection lab — before climbing onto the side of New Orleans' Crescent City Connection bridge and fatally shooting himself in the chest at the end of an hours-long standoff with police.
Just hours before Michael Louviere’s life was taken, he had saved someone else’s.
Louviere, 27, served in Afghanistan as a sergeant with the Marines before joining the Westwego Police Department in July 2015. He left behind his wife, a 1-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter.
Organizers said they hope the funds raised at Sunday's event will help Louviere's family cover his children's education costs, among other things.
Life should have been going well for Simone Veal.