Aug 27, 2014 11:39 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck

Families Reach Out to Vermilion Parish Law Enforcement For Updates On Murder Cases

Families in Vermilion Parish who lost loved ones to violence are demanding justice. Many families met with law enforcement at a meeting in Abbeville Wednesday night, and heard announcements of recent three indictments.

Derrick Mitchell is charged with first degree murder in the death of Darrell Broussard in 2012. Donathan Comeaux is indicted for manslaughter and criminal conspiracy in the death of Jacoby Andrews in May. Deontre Smith is also indicted for criminal conspiracy in that case.

However, there are still several families hoping police can make arrests in their cases.

"I can't get my son back! I can't get him back, he'll never come back, but I feel like he deserves justice," said Marilyn Allen, who's son Whitney Allen Jr. was shot and killed in 2013.

Since then, she's been looking for answers.

"I'm just bleeding slowly to death. I just need to know what happened to my son, that's all I need to know. He didn't deserve it. He had a good heart, he would give you the shirt off his back if he could," Allen said.

Allen is one of many Abbeville families who are reaching out to law enforcement for updates on their cases. News of the indictment in the murder of Darrell Broussard brought his family to tears.

"They need to be able to rest assured that there won't be any more murders, and you won't always have to wonder what's going on? Who's next? Why," said Barbara Joseph, a cousin of Darrell Broussard.

Several murder cases under investigation happened in Councilman Wayne Landry's district. He said he put together the meeting to help those families and others.

"Now, we're coming together. You know, I see we're going to build a relationship with the police departments, and that's what's needed," said Vermilion Parish Councilman Wayne Landry.

"We follow every lead we get. If we have no leads, we hit the streets. We look for leads, we talk to people, we're going to continue working on these cases until we come to a common cause, and someone goes to jail for what happened," said Abbeville Police Chief Tony Hardy.



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