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Jul 1, 2014 6:57 PM by Ashlea Bullignton

19 Year Old Female's Body Found

Lafayette Parish Deputies are investigating the death of a 19 year old woman as a homicide.

According to deputies, Valerie West of Duson was found dead around 10:30 Monday night. Her body was discovered along the side of the road in the 600 Block of Gazette Road. Investigators say West lived about a block away from where she was found.

Residents of Gazette Road say this is a scene they will never forget.

"It is very shocking. We are the Bernards. We never thought something like this would happen. Especially next door to me. I mean, I hope this never happens again because this is a family area," Mary Bernard told KATC as investigators were searching for evidence not far from her home.

Her sister, Perella Bernard, told us how they found out what was going on outside their home Monday night.

"We were about to go to bed and my daughter said 'Momma come see.' I said 'See what?' and she told me 'No Momma come see!' We walked outside to ask them what was going on. They just told us it was a crime scene and to go home," said Bernard.

The Bernards told KATC they know everyone along their street, but they had never seen West before.

An autopsy will be done to determine Valerie West's cause of death.



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