Candlelight vigil hosted for Brandi Trahan - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Candlelight vigil hosted for Brandi Trahan

(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
(Source: KPLC) (Source: KPLC)
SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

A candlelight vigil was held for Brandi Trahan, the woman who was shot and killed by her estranged husband in Carlyss last Thursday.

The memorial took place in the parking lot of the Hixon-Sulphur Memorial Funeral Home Sunday night.

It was organized by a stranger to the family. 

Susie Hantz read about Trahan's past record of domestic violence as well as her death on Facebook.

Being a victim herself, she reached out to the family to organize the vigil.

The memorial was a tribute to the mother, daughter and loved one, and for every victim of domestic violence.

"Domestic violence is a killer. It can happen. People are fortunate to get out of it. In our case, Brandi wasn't. She was on her way out of it when her murder took place," said Debbie Sonnier, Trahan's aunt. "If Brandi can save one life out of this, then we've accomplished what we wanted and she's accomplished her goal."

"Just don't stop. Don't stop. Report it. If it happens to you, report it. It is a crime and it will kill," said Codey Guidry, Trahan's cousin.

Family and friends gathered to say a prayer, release balloons and sing 'Amazing Grace' as they remembered Trahan's life.

Trahan's employer has created a GoFundMe account called "Rally for Raelynn".

Raelynn is Trahan's 5-year-old daughter, whom she leaves behind.

Proceeds will go towards Raelynn and Trahan's family.

Copyright 2016 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Southwest Louisiana arrest: Jan. 21, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest: Jan. 21, 2018

    Monday, January 22 2018 9:06 AM EST2018-01-22 14:06:16 GMT
    (Source: Raycom)(Source: Raycom)
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Ashley Nicole Zamora, 37, Lake Charles: Drug possession, drug paraphernalia. Brandon Stewart McCain, 31, Lake Charles: Drug possession, theft. Dathan Carl Jackson, 21, Longville: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $3,500. Desmond Lamont Lafleur, 24, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, first-offense possession of stolen firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, flight from officer, wearing masks or hoods in public places, armed robbery. To...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Ashley Nicole Zamora, 37, Lake Charles: Drug possession, drug paraphernalia. Brandon Stewart McCain, 31, Lake Charles: Drug possession, theft. Dathan Carl Jackson, 21, Longville: Disturbing the peace. Bond: $3,500. Desmond Lamont Lafleur, 24, Lake Charles: Direct contempt of court, first-offense possession of stolen firearms, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, flight from officer, wearing masks or hoods in public places, armed robbery. To...More >>
  • Lake St. widening project starts Monday morning

    Lake St. widening project starts Monday morning

    Monday, January 22 2018 9:05 AM EST2018-01-22 14:05:31 GMT

    Beginning on Monday, January 22, southbound traffic on Lake Street, between McNeese Street and Country Club Road in Lake Charles, will be suspended for a street reconstruction project.

    More >>

    Beginning on Monday, January 22, southbound traffic on Lake Street, between McNeese Street and Country Club Road in Lake Charles, will be suspended for a street reconstruction project.

    More >>
  • One dead, police searching for suspect in early morning Welsh shooting

    One dead, police searching for suspect in early morning Welsh shooting

    Monday, January 22 2018 5:51 AM EST2018-01-22 10:51:59 GMT

    A man is dead after a shooting in Welsh early Monday morning. 

    More >>

    A man is dead after a shooting in Welsh early Monday morning. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly