Family and friends gather to remember St. Landry Parish teen

The Acadiana community is showing an outpouring of support for a 17-year-old girl who was killed in St. Landry Parish Tuesday when a large tree fell on her car.

Many caring supporters have already donated more than two-thousand dollars to a memorial fund set up for her. Gabrielle LaJack (17), known as “Gabby”, was remembered Wednesday by family and friends at St. Landry Catholic Church.

A number of her fellow cheerleaders from Opelousas Catholic were also attendance.

Emotions were high and hugs were plenty all in an effort to cope with Gabby’s sudden death.

Family members describe her as kind-hearted and full of joy.

Her former principal, Perry Fontenot, said “”Gabby was a wonderful person. She was quiet. She did what she needed to do, when she needed to do it. I knew Gabby for 14 years. She was strong in her faith and came from a wonderful family. She was a really fine kid.”

Gabby was the youngest of four children. She would have been a senior at Opelousas Catholic this fall.

Students are planning to gather Wednesday night to create their own personal memories of Gabby.

Funeral arrangements have also been set. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday June 11, 2015  at Lafond-Ardoin funeral home in Opelousas, with a rosary scheduled for 7 p.m.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 12th at St.Landry Catholic Church in Opelousas.

Burial will follow at Bellevue Memorial Park Cemetery.

KLFY Jazmin Thibodeaux 



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