A dedication ceremony was held Monday afternoon for the unveiling of the Davina Chapman Memorial Highway in Krotz Springs.
A Krotz Springs native, Davina Chapman, was killed by her boyfriend, Larry John Synder, back in 2009. The entire portion of Highway 190 that passes through the town is now dedicated in memory of her.
Chapman’s mother, Dolores Sanders, says she is grateful to see her daughter remembered in this way. “It is wonderful. I couldn’t believe it. I just found out two days ago and they’re like we’re going to dedicate Friday. I said oh my God. There were tears, excitement, it’s wonderful. Davina was a good girl. she deserves this.”
The bill for the renaming of the highway was authored by State Representative Ledricka Theirry and approved in June. Chapman’s life-long best friend, Rhonda Bergeron worked closely with Thierry to get this renaming approved.
Bergeron says it warms her heart to see the sign finally go up. “I think every time someone rides through the town, they’re going to wonder what this Davina Chapman Memorial Highway is for and my hope is that one day she didn’t die in vain.”
Many of Chapman’s family and friends were in attendance. Sanders says she hopes this will bring more awareness to domestic violence. “The one message I would like to say, especially for these young girls, is if he hits you once, just once, please one time, just one time if he raises his hand to you get out, get out now,” says Sanders.
Sanders says although it’s been six years since Chapman’s passing, she said this sign will give her closure every time she enters Krotz Springs.