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Dec 10, 2010 11:28 PM by Maddie Garrett

Vigil in Memory of Girl and Support of Victims

A second vigil was held in Port Barre Friday night, this one in remembrance of the little girl who died in the bus crash and to offer support to the children still recovering. KATC's Maddie Garrett shows us how this small community is coping.
At 7:00 in the court yard of the Port Barre Town Hall, an entire community came together to show the families of the victims that they are not alone in this tragedy.
"That's when you really show what true love and true friends are all about, they rally behind you and it takes that. Without that and the grace of the Lord, if it wouldn't be that it would be very difficult," said Port Barre Mayor Gil Savoy.
The family of Karen Stout, the 5-year-old killed in the crash, attended this vigil. And from friends to strangers, everyone was there to help them through this difficult time.
"Whether you help your neighbor or a stranger on the street, no matter what you do for them you get it back in return. We're a Catholic Community, we're a strong family," said Arthur Lamke.
Colby Richard is still in recovery after surgery. But members of his family also expressed their thanks.
"All the generosity we've had, I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart," Colby's grandmother said to the crowd.
And as their prayers were sent up to heaven, encouragement was sent from far away. A church in Illinois sent Kare Bears in honor of Karen to be given to all of the children on the bus the day of the crash.
"We do have some good caring people not only in Acadiana but all throughout the world," said Savoy.
If you weren't able to attend the vigil, but would like to show your support, you can purchase a special made "Kare Bear" T-shirt in honor of Karen. They cost $10, and half of that will go to help the Stoute family. Call Bridget Quebedeaux at (337) 356-7068 by the end of the day Monday.

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