LAFAYETTE, La.— It was exactly one year ago today, November 19, 2015 that the Grand Theater reopened it doors to hundreds of movie-goers after a July 23rd theater shooting sent a shock wave throughout the country.
A gunman killed 33 year old Jillian Johnson, and 21 year old Mayci Breaux and injured nine others when he opened fire inside Theatre 14 during the screening of the movie Trainwreck.
In the weeks and months prior to the reopening of The Grand, residents throughout Acadiana came together to express their grief, offer their support and honor the victims through tributes known across the country as “Lafayette Strong.”
‘Lafayette Strong’ images were seen thoughout the area on lawns, t-shirts, flags, cups.
In total, over $100,000 was raised to help the surviving victims and their families, many of whom have now settled back into their ordinary lives but vow to never forget that awful day.