Norville Shelton, the father of 21-year-old Alexandria Shelton whose body was found in a drainage ditch in Girard Park is mourning the loss of the daughter he says had such a promising future.
“We were very proud of Alexandria and this is totally devastating to have someone who's life had so much promise die,” said Shelton. Alexandria was the youngest out of his six children and was about to mark a milestone in her life. “She was about to graduate on the ninth of May and was going to graduate with honors,” said Shelton.
Shelton said Alexandria was the ideal student at Grambling University with a 3.5 GPA. She was a student activist and a part of the student government. “When you get in trouble at the school she's your advocate and you wouldn't have a better one than that,” said Shelton. Shelton said she was planning on pursuing a career in law and was considering attending the Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston.
“Being the first black Supreme Court Justice, she just admired that so she wanted to be a part of that system,” said Shelton. While Norville Shelton grieves the loss of his daughter, he still has questions about her death.
“Alexandria was a meticulous type of person if she said she was going some place, she went there. For her to be at Girard Park it made no sense,” said Shelton. Shelton said Alexandria would have had to pass up the party on Stewart Street she was heading to in order to make it to the park. He says the party was the reason she came home to visit.
“It was very unlikely that Alexandria wouldn't have gotten there, but she never made it,” said Shelton. Shelton also says what did not make sense was Alexandria being found in a ditch when she was afraid of even being near water. “She doesn't go to the park, she's terrified of the water. For her to run towards any water or be hanging around any water is just abnormal,” said Shelton.
After only 24 hours, her death was ruled an accidental drowning, but the Lafayette Police Department said the case is still under investigation. “I'm not letting this go. I want justice for Alexandria because she deserves that,” said Shelton.
An account for donations to help with funeral costs has been set up: <http://www.gofundme.com/8c1cfw>. Viewing will be held at Melancon's in Carencro Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. The funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary.