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Family of slain Comeaux Highschool student speaks out

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"I feel like they took a big part of me they took a big part of my kids. My only son, my son was loving, my baby, my good boy," said Maze's mother Shaquette Maze, who is heartbroken after her son was gunned down in front of their home, by someone he thought was his friend.  

Da'Ni'Cea Maze, 17, was a student at Comeaux High School.

Shaquette's brother and daughter were coming home from the store when they saw Da'Ni'Cea in the parking lot.

"They asked him 'where are you going?' and he said I'm going to meet my 'bros.' He thought they were his friends. Then they heard the gun shots and they took off running and they didn't see him anymore and there he was laying on the ground, shot," said the mother through tears. She was surrounded by friends and family of the victim.

Family members tell us he wanted to join the military after graduating, but Maze met a fate all too familiar to his family.

Outside Da'Ni'Cea's grandmother home, Caroline Boudreaux, is a memorial for those killed by gun violence and accidents.

Among the pictures, Da'Ni'Cea's father, who was shot to death 18 years ago, almost to the exact day.

"And now I have to add my grandson and thats not a good feeling at all. To hear about my grandson getting killed, I lost my son in '99. And now his son is gone. Two people that I love dearly. It's just hurtful. My heart is breaking in a million pieces sometimes it feels like I don't even have a heart anymore," said Boudreaux.

His aunt, Nadea Comeaux Manuel, was distraught at the news, saying De'Ni'Cea was a sweet and funny boy.

"It's hard to see history repeat itself. his father was my twin brother, we just actually had the anniversary of his death on Dec. 1st and to see his son's life cut short like that, it's just its sad," said Nadea.

For her 14-year-old son, Da'Ni'Cea's cousing, his death is a rude awakening.

"To see him go we don't know when were gonna go at the same time. And we don't know when we go next so that's why I have to be careful, stay out of the streets and stay in the sports to keep me away from what happened to him," said Brannen Manuel, who says he fears being surrounded by violence.

The family has started a Go-fund-me account to pay for funeral expenses.

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