Apr 1, 2011 8:35 PM by Shawn Kline

Father reacts to son's death in Maurice pipe rupture

A father talks for the first time about Thursday's wellhead pipe rupture that killed his son.

"It's going to take a few days for it to soak in," 75-year-old Clarence Leleaux said. "I'm having a hard time with it right now."

Clarence is "Keith" Leleaux's father. He says his son's death on the job is just surreal.

"Parents aren't supposed to bury their kids." Clarence says, "and that's going to be the second one I bury."

Clarence is a Korean War Veteran and cancer patient. He says a few years ago, his daughter died of cancer and now, this.

Keith died when a pipe on a wellhead ruptured in Lafayette Parish near Maurice. Two other men were injured and are now okay.
The company - Hilcorp Energy says it's investigating the cause.

"It hasn't hit me yet." Clarence says, "when my daughter died of cancer, it didn't hit me until I walked in the funeral home."

A walk Clarence will take again on Monday... this time, for his son.

"We have churches all over praying for us." Clarence says, "we'll go through this- it's going to take a while but we've been through it before and we'll do it again."



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