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Jeff Davis Eight Vigil

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Jeff Davis community continues to wonder what happened to eight women found dead since 2005.  So far, none of these deaths have been solved.  While the families wait for answers, all they can do is pray and mourn their loved ones.

"It's overwhelming how I feel and it's hard to express.  I just want someone to feel what I feel and the compassion of people in our community," said Sarah Benoit.

"We're all trying to do our own part to try and keep our girls in prayers," said Mike Dubois

Saturday, the Jeff Davis community will come together for the eight women and their families. Sarah Benoit has put out more than one thousand fliers welcoming people to attend the vigil.

"I want them to come with an open heart and mind that they can get some peace in their lives," said Benoit.

"It's always a positive thing to have a vigil and prayer for our girls. We need all the prayers and help we can get," said Dubois.

The support for the families isn't just locally, it's everywhere. It comes from Facebook, website blogs, and the national media.

"We have people from completely out of our state that are following this and supporting us. They're giving us everything they can to help and it's great," said Dubois.

The vigil is called ‘Community United in Prayer'. It will be a time for them to remember and unite as one.

"We'll have fellowship between our community and the eight victims' families and a show of compassion putting more trust into our community," said Benoit.

"We all have a common thing that was taken from us. It's time for us to come shoulder to shoulder to help each other to get through this, bring this out to the public and slowly get more help," said Dubois.

The vigil will be at the Lake Arthur Christian Camp from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

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