Faculty and students at LSU-Eunice wore purple in solidarity on Friday to celebrate the birthday of Mayci Breaux.
Rob McLaughlin, Program Director of the Department of Radiology at LSU Eunice, says “They wanted to dedicate something in her name for her birthday especially for the family, to show unity..” McLaughlin says he was also Breaux’s advisor and teacher. “Whatever one feels we all feel it in so when we lost Mayci it was hard. And all of us felt it. ”
Purple was Breaux’s favorite color. People all over Acadiana wore purple to honor the young aspiring radiologist who would have been 22 years old today. Her aunt works at Katharine Drexle Elementary School in Lafayette where purple was the color of the day. “It’s overwhelming the support from the community has just been outstanding everyone in Franklin is really big but here in Lafayette and Acadiana it’s huge also.”
Breaux had just entered her first year at LSU-E. She was studying to be an ultrasound and radiology technician
Her aunt says it hasn’t gotten easier but seeing everyone’s dedication to Mayci’s memory helps. “Everyone’s taking it day by day, it just helps all the prayers and support it’s very hard because we love Macy so much.”
McLaughlin says his class will never forget the vibrant girl who could make anyone laugh. “It’s still in the healing process but it’s of positive one. The glut of the class still feel of it it’s going to take a while to overcome the whole devastation.”
McLaughlin says the school plans to dedicate a commemorative break in her name in Eunice.