Lafayette

Jan 20, 2011 8:18 PM by Carolyn Cerda

McKinley St. Murder: Arrests Made, Victim's Father Speaks

New Developments in the brutal beating last October that left a UL student dead. Thursday morning, police arrested three men in connection with the murder. 21 year old Ian Trahan of Youngsville and 23 year old Wayland Guillory of Lafayette are charged with 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder. 21 year old Cody Moore of New Iberia is charged with Accessory After the Fact to both 1st Degree Murder and Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

The victims in the attack were 20 year old Kenneth Donnelly, Jr., who died from his injuries, and his roommate, another UL student who survived. With the arrests Thursday, Kenny's dad decided to break his silence.

"Right now, I have mixed emotions," said Lt. Col. Kenneth Donnelly, Sr. "I'm just glad we have individuals behind bars."

Donnelly says his family is focusing on the life of Kenny, rather than his death.

"I know if there are angels out there, that Kenny is definitely an angel."

Since the attack last October, few details have been released. Even with the arrests, there are still more questions than answers. It's something Donnelly says he understands.

"It brings closure, knowing that we have people behind bars," said Donnelly. "But, there's still a process in place that we have to get through to make sure justice is served."

"Even though we made three arrests, there's still a lot of work to be done on this case so it remains ongoing," said Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department. "There's a lot of information we're withholding. We don't want to taint the case when it comes time to prosecute."

Donnelly says he knows family and friends will always remember the good, kind young man Kenny was. A National Guard Member, UL student, and fraternity member, Donnelly says Kenny was well liked and was a friend to everyone he encountered.

Donnelly said, "There's always going to be that void that's in my heart that's going to make me think about Kenny, every single day that I wake up."

Lt. Col. Donnelly is set to leave for Haiti in a few months, to help with rebuilding efforts there. But, he says local authorities have been keeping him informed on any developments in the case... And will continue to do so when he's out of the country.

 

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