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Diocese: Community comes through for Fatima student

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The Diocese of Lafayette says the Acadiana community has been very supportive of the blood, school and church family of a young man who died in an accident earlier this month.

The Diocese posted the following statement about the response of the community following the death of Griffin Leblanc, 11, and the serious injury to his friend, Peyton Garber.

"When tragedy strikes, the people of Acadiana band together to lift each other up.
On September 2, 2017, 11-year-old Fatima student Griffin Leblanc was killed and his friend Peyton Garber was seriously injured in a jet ski accident at Herbert's Landing in Cameron Parish. The community was devastated.
Since then, the outpouring of love, support and prayer has been incredible! Students, parents, and community leaders have embraced the Garber and Leblanc families as well as the Fatima community.
The ESA 6th grade girls Volleyball team made hair ribbons for the Fatima girls and made posters for their gym.
The STM football team wore stickers on their helmets in honor of Griffin because he loved STM football.
The CCS football team wore Blue jerseys for the football game.
Parents rallied together to make Fatima Strong yard signs.
Members of the community put blue and gold ribbons on their mailboxes to honor the boys and support their families.
The Fatima football team dedicated their season to Griffin and Peyton.
STM counselors went to Fatima to offer support to the Fatima counselors and students.
Mental health professionals in the community reached out to Fatima counselors and students with more help and support.
Many Catholic Schools and churches offered prayers of support.
Fatima students gathered at the Horse Farm to remember Griffin.
And Our Lady of Fatima school was inundated with cards, letters, flowers and phone calls.
A spokesperson for the school says Peyton Garber is still recovering but is making progress. Please continue to pray for him as well as his family, the family of Griffin Leblanc, and the Fatima community.
Thank you, Acadiana for your love and support for these families!

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