UNION Parish (11/4/17) - UPDATE -- Last week two men were shot and killed on the campus of Grambling State University.
"The battle has been fought and now the victory is won. Goodnight sweet princes, good night and flights of angels see thee to thy rest, we all bid you goodnight," says a Memorial Funeral Home Representative.
Today, the school and the families of Earl Andrews and Monquairius Caldwell began their healing process as both were laid to rest. "I think they leave a legacy that will leave an impact for generations to come," says Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Grambling State.
Thousands gathered at the Farmerville High School gym to say their final goodbyes to their beloved sons, fathers, friends, and brothers. "I need to love and miss you but I also need to live because through me you will live. You will still laugh and love, you will still sing and dance, you will still hug and kiss, you will forever be in our lives," Quaniece Andrews, Earl Andrews sister recounted.
The legacy of these two men will live forever but right now, friends and family are still grieving their deaths according to Wade. "It's been quite the emotional rollercoaster for our students and they're still trying to find a way to grieve and trying to find some peace through all of this, at the end of the day we will succeed."
The next steps may be unclear but Gourjoine Wade says one thing's for sure the campus will lean on the students to make their next move. "It'll be student driven, we want to let the students make their make the decision on what's next and how the university can best serve them and their influences-- help them continue to grieve, continue to mourn and we'll be there every step of the way to support."
Those gathered here say while lives are forever changed, Earl and Monquairius will never be forgotten.
The funeral for two men who were fatally shot on the campus of Grambling State University (GSU) was held this morning in Union Parish.
23-year-old Earl Andrews, a senior at GSU from Farmerville, and a non-student, 23-year-old Monquairious Caldwell, also from Farmerville, were fatally shot on October 25, 2017.
Family and friends gathered at Union Parish High School to lay the two young men to rest.
Watch the funeral below:
Jaylin M. Wayne, a student at GSU, is the accused shooter of the two young men. He was arrested on October 26, 2017.
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