Family and friends gather to mourn the loss of Jeanerette police officer


Family members of Officer Juandre Gilliam gathered together on Thursday at the home of Guilliam’s grandmother to mourn the loss of what they say was an overall great person.

Guilliam was tragically killed while on duty Tuesday night in a high speed chase.

Gilliam’s grandmother Emma Washington says, “Everybody knows that Dre was a real good person. I never had trouble out of him from the day he was born until the day he died.”

Washington says she believes her grandson died an honorable death in the line of duty, a responsibility he took to heart. “He was very dedicated to his job, I mean anytime they called him and when they didn’t, he was at the station.”

Gilliam was a married father of two, he was the quarterback for Jeanerette High School, and he also played tuba in the school band. Washington says he was an all-star growing up.

Jadda Lewis, a former classmate of Gilliams’, says the news has rocked the entire community of Jeanerette. “Hearing something like that, in our age group, dying, he helped us; he was a police officer in our community so just hearing that he died that way is sad.”

Emma Washington says the family will hold a memorial walk on Saint Peter Street in Jeanerette on Friday at 5 pm to honor and remember the life of Officer Gilliam.

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