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Vigil held for 18-year-old shooting victim

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Posted at 6:02 PM, May 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-26 23:58:44-04

Friends and family gathered Wednesday for a vigil at Mouton Park in Lafayette to celebrate the life of 18-year-old Jennifer Hurst.

Hurst was found with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle earlier this month outside of an apartment complex on McDonald Street in Lafayette.

Al Thomas, Director of Bands at Northside High School and Hurst's former teacher, explained that her friends wanted to pay tribute to her in a way that was indicative of what they felt she represented - coming together for a peaceful, celebratory event.

Thomas described Hurst as hardworking and dedicated. A lot of kids grow up too fast, he said, but she was a kid who enjoyed life and had fun.

"I put pressure on her as far as being a teacher, but she always rose to the occasion, always dedicated," Thomas said.

He gave his condolences to Hurst's family on behalf of the Northside community.

Hurst's boyfriend, 19-year-old Lucas Williams, is facing a second degree murder charge in connection with her death.

Thomas said the event is one that should not have taken place.

"It's unfortunate that we're here today. We should not be here today. We should not be here for a balloon release for someone that has lost their life at such a young age," he said. "We really need to try and find ways to do better and be better so that we can be able to live a full life."

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