Family, friends call for accountability two weeks after shooting death of Trayford Pellerin

Posted at 11:06 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 00:16:56-04

“She shouldn't be burying her son. We shouldn't be burying a cousin, a brother, a nephew, We should not be burying him. That's totally wrong."

Anger and frustration from the family of Trayford Pellerin - emotions they're hoping will lead to change.

Pellerin was shot and killed by Lafayette Police two weeks ago tonight.

Police have said they responded to a disturbance and that Pellerin was armed with a knife when they opened fire, but other than that, very little information has been released.

Now some say it's time that changed.

Community activists flooded the parking lot at the Shell gas station Friday night to honor Pellerin.

Many people who knew Pellerin personally shared their memories and grief of how his life ended.

Chants from demonstrators following the death of Trayford Pellerin. some coming from those who knew him best.

"He still had a full life to live and because of the actions two weeks ago, Trayford will never get married, he will never stand at that alter and watch his bride come to meet him. He will never have children, he'll never experience having grandkids,” said Pellerin's cousin, Latasha Joseph.

Several community organizers including The Village, Unity 7, and the NAACP were in attendance. Ronald Haley, who's representing Pellerin, wants the family to get answers.

“Two weeks have gone by and we know nothing. Nothing more today than we knew two weeks ago other than the independent investigation that we have launched. Tonight is about the honor of Trayford Pellerin,” said Haley.

Even those who did not know Pellerin feel the impact of his death.

"It was a cold blooded murder. They didn't kill him it was a murder in plain sight. for everybody to see. That could've easily been me that night that got killed and have a grieving family,” said Unity 7 Junior President Jalen Mouton.

Pellerin's funeral will be held at Philadelphia Church in Scott next Thursday.

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