Bastrop residents hold peace march to end the violence

BASTROP, La. - UPDATE: [11/09/2017 8:00 p.m.]

"I can't hold my baby no more," said Vanessa Minnieweather with tears running down her face. "He can't say momma I love you. He can't say that anymore."

She said she misses her son, who nearly two weeks ago was taken away from her too soon.

24-year-old Demontrail Lollie was gunned down in his car on his way to work. 

"He could have shot him in his feet, I could have dealt with that. He could have shot him in the head, I would have dealt with that wound, but when you take his heart I can't cope with that." Minnieweather added. 

This act of violence left a mother heartbroken, a 2-year-old without a father and family members and friends wanting justice. 

As of Nov. 9, his murderer is still on the loose.  

"I don't care what I gotta do... If I have to walk these streets everyday holding up signs for justice, that's what imma do," Minnieweather said. 

Thursday dozens walked, with posters in hand, the streets of Downtown Bastrop to remember Demontrail's live and to call for an end to violence. 

"Enough is enough," Demontrail's cousin, Damon Tyler, said.  "It's time for justice to be done and for people to put the guns down and find another way to channel that anger."

But what will it take to make the violence stop?

"Whether he's related to me or not, It's going to take unity in times like this- not division," Tyler added. 

He said it is going to take unity in the community so that no other mothers will have to bury their children and no children will have to grow up without their fathers.


A peace march is being held in downtown Bastrop by family members and friends of Demontrail Lollie, a Bastrop man who was murdered in late October.

Organizers are encouraging everyone to come, including others who have lost loved ones to violence.

The march will begin at 3:30 at the Farmer's Market in Bastrop and will go around downtown.

KTVE/KARD will have a crew on scene and will keep you updated with the latest details.

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