LAPLACE, LA (WAFB) - Support from law enforcement around Louisiana flooded in to the LaPlace community, as family and friends mourn the loss of two sheriff's deputies killed in the line of duty last week.
Deputies with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office were in the processional leading to Deputy Jeremy Triche's visitation earlier Monday morning.
Visitation was followed by a mass at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in LaPlace, where Triche will also be buried.
His family held visitation services Sunday at New Wine Fellowship in LaPlace. The two were members of the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office.
The community of LaPlace stilled itself for hours, as hundreds of people lined the streets their to salute Jeremy Triche.
"It's heartbreaking to see this," Donise Rogers said, as she watched the procession down W. Airline.
Monday, Triche should have been celebrating his 28th birthday. Instead, friends, family and fellow officers gathered around him for another reason; for his funeral.
"It's just a certain honor you want to give them," said Bertis Tamplain.
Some LaPlace residents held American flags, others held signs reading 'God bless our heroes RIP Jeremy' and a little boy not much older than Triche's salutes the hearse. This is how the community is hoping to honor the fallen deputy.
"I had to come and show my support," said Chad Smith Senior.
Triche was one of four officers shot Thursday. The sheriff there says those men were ambushed. Two, Triche and Brandon Nielson, 34, were killed.
"Heartbreaking to see it happen out here...because you never think this little parish have anything happen like that," said Robert Bordelon.
There were officers on motorcycles from New Orleans and police cruisers from as far north as Rapides Parish. Where ever you look in LaPlace, there are lights shining for the two missing deputies.
Triche was part of the canine division in St. John. Several departments from around the state sent their K-9's, to salute Triche as he entered his final resting place.
"Police officers really kind of are like the military. Every day they give their lives for us. Every day they risk their lives," said Tamplain.
It's clear this community felt a need to show the department and Triche's family they too feel a loss. But after Monday's services - when they wonder what else they can do, some say the answer is simple.
"You can pray...just pray," said Donise Rogers.
Deputy Brandon Nielson's family will hold a visitation beginning Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Lake-Lawn Funeral Home in Metairie.
Seven people have been arrested in connection with the deadly ambush that killed the two sheriff's deputies and injured two others early Thursday morning.
Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed his office had been monitoring the group before the deadly attack. He said the seven are linked to a group of violent anarchists known as "Sovereign Citizens." They believe they are free from all duties of a US citizen.
Terry Smith, 44, of LaPlace is charged with principal to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Brian Lyn Smith, 24, of LaPlace will be charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer when he is released from the hospital.
Derrick Smith, 22, of LaPlace is charged with principal to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Kyle David Joekel, 28, of LaPlace will be charged with principal to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer when he is released from the hospital.
Chanel Skains, 37, of LaPlace is charged with accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Teniecha Bright, 21, of LaPlace is charged with principal to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Brittney Keith, 23, of LaPlace is charged with accessory after the fact to attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
All of these charges stem from the initial shooting of Deputy Michael Boyington II.
Lt. Robert Davidson with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office said the suspected shooters were Joekel and Brian Smith. He added Joekel is a fugitive from Nebraska.
The tragedy all started in the Valero parking lot around 5 a.m. Investigators said a gunman opened fire on Deputy Jason Triche, hitting him and his car multiple times. That bullet-riddled vehicle was taken to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. Deputies then followed a speeding vehicle to a trailer park.
"As we were interviewing the two persons, the two subjects, another person exited that trailer with an assault weapon and ambushed, ambushed my two officers," Sheriff Mike Tregre explained.
In the Thursday afternoon news conference, Col. Mike Edmonson said more than 20 shots were fired.
Deputy Brandon Nielson, 34, a husband and father of five, had been with the St. John the Baptist Sheriff's Office for nearly two years.
Deputy Jeremy Triche, 27, a 4-year veteran, left behind his wife and 2-year-old son.
Deputies Jason Triche, 30, and Michael Boyington II, 33, are recovering from their wounds and expected to survive.