LaPlace residents try to move forward in wake of shootings

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It's the final week before the start of the high school football season. University High playing host to St. Charles Catholic in a scrimmage but this is no average scrimmage.

"Please remove your caps," is announced over the public address system.

The Comets of St. Charles Catholic and their fans making the trip with heavy hearts.

"Just shocking and hard to believe."

"It was awful."

The news hitting home for head coach Frank Monica as well, who coached fallen officer Jeremy Triche in football and baseball back in 2001. Monica requested not to speak on camera but called Triche a great kid.

Members of the community shared that emotion in the stands and are still trying to make sense of the shooting.

"It's a tight knit community and that's again the first thing I thought of it was someone we knew that got hurt," said Gene Becker. "Obviously we know the police men in our community."

"Immediately I thought of Edie, Jeremy's mom and I just... like I said you just want to go hug her and say you're sorry," added Debbie Smith. "If I was to see her I don't know if I would do anything but cry and hug her."

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