Batiste funeral: broken hearted call for stop to violence - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Batiste funeral: Broken-hearted call for stop to violence

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Hundreds flocked to King's Funeral Home on Highway 14 to pay their respects to Anthony "Toodie" Batiste ... shot to death at the young age of 26. Many here, young people who knew Batiste -- some of whom went to Barbe High School with him when he was a football and track star.

Following the graveside service, close friends and family gathered at a local church hall. 

Cousins Crystal Lee and Alicia Batiste say such violence must stop.

"If the violence doesn't stop, somebody's always going to die. That's all I have to say. That was my cousin. That was my best friend," said Alicia.

Crystal Batiste Lee, also a cousin, agrees.

"The violence has to stop," she said. "We don't want anybody else morning like we are.  Because he didn't have to go that way."

Meanwhile, two members of local churches were taping messages they plan to put on Facebook and distribute however they can to get community members together to stop the violence. They say a change of culture is what's needed.

Said Paul Pettefer, City Church, "When the brokenness of our lives takes over, it ends in tragedy. There's a different story that can be told. We want to tell that different story about what happens when God's love changes us."

Pastor Braylon Harris, Mt. Olive Baptist Church added,  "The violence is kind of like a storm. It's a raging wave that comes across from a very terrible place, kind of like a hurricane or whatever the case might be. But there's a bulkhead. There's a levee that we can put in place and that bulkhead and levee is called love. But building a levee and building a bulkhead is very difficult.  You build it one sandbag at a time."

Pettefer agrees.

"The key to stopping the violence is a transformed culture that the brokenness that tears so many down and so many lives with tears can be transformed. God's power can do that," he said.

They hope others will join in their efforts to change those who might resort to violence so that no more young lives are cut short so senselessly.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Lake Charles opens time capsule buried 50 years ago

    Saturday, May 27 2017 9:24 AM EDT2017-05-27 13:24:56 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>
  • Summer reading fun underway in Calcasieu Parish

    Summer reading fun underway in Calcasieu Parish

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:02 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:02:13 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library annual summer reading program is underway. The kick-off celebration was held at Prien Lake Park. It included registration, face painting, kite flying, bird house building and even Clifford the Big Red Dog. The reading program runs from now until July 7.

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library annual summer reading program is underway. The kick-off celebration was held at Prien Lake Park. It included registration, face painting, kite flying, bird house building and even Clifford the Big Red Dog. The reading program runs from now until July 7.

    More >>
  • Parents of Gage Meche suing man they blame for gun being brought to school

    Parents of Gage Meche suing man they blame for gun being brought to school

    Friday, May 26 2017 10:18 PM EDT2017-05-27 02:18:02 GMT
    Gage Meche (Source: Facebook)Gage Meche (Source: Facebook)

    Gage Meche has thousands of people rooting for him and a family spokesman says it means a lot.  But attorney Ron Richard says the child's parents want action against the man they believe is responsible, they're suing Michael Lane Dugas.. “They are on a roller coaster of emotions:  anger, sadness, fear, angst and wanting to feel like they're doing something about this matter. 

    More >>

    Gage Meche has thousands of people rooting for him and a family spokesman says it means a lot.  But attorney Ron Richard says the child's parents want action against the man they believe is responsible, they're suing Michael Lane Dugas.. “They are on a roller coaster of emotions:  anger, sadness, fear, angst and wanting to feel like they're doing something about this matter. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly