St. Landry

Jan 29, 2013 7:37 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

7-year-old pedestrian killed

An entire community is in mourning after a deadly crash in St. Landry parish took the life of a 7-year-old girl Monday night. According to police Kendessa Castile was trying to cross US Highway 190 near Swords when she was hit by two vehicles. Castile was a student at Glendale Elementary School in Eunice.

Black ribbons hung from several doors at Glendale Elementary School on Tuesday, as heavy hearts mourned the loss of Castile.

"I think everyone's in shock. So there's occasional tears, and people like, "I just can't believe it she was just here yesterday," Glendale Elementary Principal Laura Lombas said.

"The grief was shared by all of our staff members that we lost one of our children. We have known this family for a awhile and have taught the children as they progressed up the grades. We decided we would get together as a school family and work together to try to get through this grieving process for our kids," Lombas said.

Students on Tuesday made cards for the family of Castile, as a way to show support and cope with their own grief.

"If everybody could keep our little family that has had such a tragedy in their life today in their prayers--that they could try to deal with their grief. We want them to be remembered, the little girl to be remembered, and everybody in their prayers," Lombas said.



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