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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
grieving continues for the loved ones of those killed by an alleged drunk driver
and the unimaginable pain turned into intense anger, as yet another victim
passed away and the family wants to know why the suspect is allowed to be free.
being emotionally drained and physically worn out, the Gaines family pushed on
and said goodbye to yet another relative Sunday. The family decided to take Willie
Gaines, 15, off life support and donate his organs.
went in as a family, knowing that they're about to pull him off the ventilator,
so it was pretty hard for everybody," said John Gaines, a son, brother and
uncle of the victims. "We're a close-knit family, supporting each other,
but it's surreal still."
said the decision to donate Willie's organs was difficult, but the right one to
knew that though life was lost, that it could help life. So, that's what it's
all about and that's what my mother stood for and that's what it's all about
and that's her legacy to help other people," he added.
what's giving this family strength as it prepares to bury five relatives.
Family members spent the weekend finalizing funeral plans, including lining up
30 pallbearers, a daunting task in itself.
five victims of the crash were:
Brenda Gaines, 64 (Driver, Denise Gaines' mother)
Angela Mosely, 35 (Fellow church member)
Denise Gaines, 33 (Mother of Diamond, Jyren and two
other teens in the vehicle)
Diamond Johnson, 12
Jyren Johnson, 6
lost a mom, I lost a sister, I lost two nephews," said Marcus Gaines,
another son, brother and uncle of the victims. "And, this could have
easily been your family or anybody else's family that this happened to."
keep pulling and the support from the community grows. Her sons say the credit
for that type of outreach from others goes to Brenda Gaines. They describe her
as an incredible woman of God who reached out to so many in her life.
taught us. She preached to us and taught us and sometimes, we even got mad. But,
now we understand. We truly understand. And, I thank God for her. I really
do," John Gaines explained.
13, was the seventh person in the car Wednesday night. He remains in critical
condition. The families have announced the funeral arrangements for the people
who died in the crash.
for all five Gaines family members will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Living Faith
Christian Center on Winbourne Avenue. A benefit concert will be held Thursday
at 7 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church on Greenwell Springs Road.
visitation has been scheduled for Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at
Richardson Funeral Home in Clinton. Funeral Services will be Friday at 11 a.m.
at Galilee Baptist Church in Clinton.
memorial account has been set up in the name of John Gaines at Chase
bank for those who would like to donate to help with expenses.
wreck resulting in the loss of yet another loved one, this family can't help
but wonder how the alleged drunk driver is able to walk free.
total of six people he killed and one on life support. Why is he back on the
street? Someone answer that question," said Marcus Gaines.
Gerald, 30, of Greensburg was arrested following the crash.
Louisiana State Police reported his blood alcohol content (BAC) was .15g
percent, which is nearly two times the legal limit.
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