BROUSSARD — Pizza Artista in Broussard held a fund raising benefit Saturday for 17-year-old Matthew Carter, who was shot during an attempted armed robbery in January. The event featured raffle tickets, auction items, and even face painting. It was a way for friends, family, and co-workers to celebrate his life.
The event brought dozens of people to the restaurant including some of carter's closest friends. Tanner Castille was one friend in attendance. He says Matthew was like a brother.
"I know Matthew wouldn't want any negativity or sadness, he would want everyone to just be happy about the memories we made with him," added Castille.
Those memories include his love for cars. A row of sports cars was parked directly in front of the building.
"He loved to race we have a bunch of Camaros out here in remembrance of him. I don't think I can ever look at a Camaro the same again," Castille said.
During the event, organizers sold more than a thousand raffle tickets. That money will go towards medical expenses and more to help the family.
"Every raffle ticket I sell, it kind of breaks my heart," said Castille. "You never think you would be in a situation like this ever."
His close friends played music and sang in his honor.
"I'm sitting here watching his best friend Tanner sing, and im getting goose bumps because I know Matthew would be like all of this for me! It's because we all really do love Matthew," Christina Doiron, Matthew's boss, said.
A spokesperson for the Carter family say they appreciate all of the love and support from the community.