Apr 17, 2014 4:14 PM by Pictures/Video Courtesy of Will Sutton, Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling State University students hosted a celebration of life event for 21-year-old Alexandria Shelton this morning. The college senior's body was found in Girard Park over the weekend; the coroner has the preliminary cause of death listed as an accidental drowning. A full autopsy won't be complete for several months.
"We've lost a Gramblinite, and it hurts," said Grambling State University President Frank G. Pogue. "We're proud of the way our caring, deeply loving students stepped forward with ideas to do something special to remember our own Alex."
Today's program consisted of a candlelight vigil and a balloon release, to which the public was invited to attend.
According to Grambling officials, Shelton was an honors student with a 3.5 GPA. She was scheduled to receive her criminal justice degree on May 9th. School officials hope to present her family with a degree posthumously.
A gofundme account has been set up in the family's name to help with funeral expenses: http://www.gofundme.com/8c1cfw
The website says Shelton's viewing will be Tuesday at 10:00 am at Melancon Funeral Home in Carencro. The funeral will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Lafayette.
All pictures/video courtesy of: Will Sutton/Grambling State University Media Bureau