Balloon release helps friends say goodbye to girls killed in car crash

ST. AMANT, LA (WAFB) - The community of St. Amant took advantage of Sunday's blue skies to pay tribute to Faith Castilaw and Patience Lobell, the two girls killed last month when the car they were riding in plunged into Black Bayou.

About 2,500 pink, blue and purple balloons filled the sky. They were the girls' favorite colors.

Organizers said they wanted to bring everyone together to turn the tragedy into a celebration.

They added it was the only way many of the girls' friends could say goodbye.

"There were several children that weren't able to make it to the funeral, so we wanted to make sure they had the opportunity to come out, write stuff on the balloons, their prayers, their goodbyes, their notes, things they weren't able to say to the girls and release them into the air so they can get them," said Christina Duhe, organizer of the event.

The St. Amant cheerleaders had their own way of honoring their friends, while family members honored the rescue workers who worked so hard to try to save their lives.

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