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Vigil held for victims in St. Martinville crash

Posted: 10:29 PM, May 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-20 23:29:50-04

Hundreds of people in the St. Martinville community are mourning the loss of three victims who were killed in a car crash Friday. A vigil on Sunday night was full of emotions. Grief left loved ones at a loss for words. 

Dajanee Olivier and Kenneth J. Eaglin II were both students at St.Martinville Senior High School. The two were killed just before the last week of school. Their classmates remember them by the lasting impact they had on their school.

Dajanee was on the basketball team. Kenneth, KJ as everyone called him, played football and was in the band. 

"Daj, that’s mawmaw. Mawmaw Daj. She would keep us all in line; she would keep them in line," her basketball coach said. 

Members of the football team recalled memories with KJ. "It’s going to be a missing piece. Everything is just crazy. We are doing everything for Kenneth, everything for him," one team member said. 

Everyone who stepped up to speak fought through the tears to share memories of the teens. Friends, family members, community members and beyond are wishing it was all a dream.

The crowd lit candles in the memory of their loved ones, consoling one another one moment at a time. 

"Even if you’re having a bad day, you can’t be having a bad day with Dajanee because she was that type of person," a fellow teammate said. 

Several people from all over Acadiana came together to offer their assistance during the troubling time. 

A woman who runs a grief support group was among those in the crowd. 

"My son was murdered 12 years ago, and I won’t say I’m better, but I’m helping other people now. I couldn’t sit at home, knowing the hurt and the pain that St. Martinville is experiencing," she said.