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Community gathers to honor victims of deadly theater shooting

Source: KLFY Source: KLFY
Jillian Johnson (Source: Facebook) Jillian Johnson (Source: Facebook)
Mayci Breaux (Source: Facebook) Mayci Breaux (Source: Facebook)
John Russell Houser (Source: LinkedIn) John Russell Houser (Source: LinkedIn)

Hundreds are expected to attend a city-wide prayer service Wednesday night in Lafayette.

The event will be held at Crossroads Church on Verona Drive in Lafayette. It starts at 7 p.m.

The community is just trying to heal after last week's shooting rampage inside a movie theater. The service will honor the two women who died and nine others that were injured.

More than 35 churches will combine their regular Wednesday evening meetings.

Jillian Johnson, 33, of Lafayette, and Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, were both laid to rest Monday. Johnson was remembered as an artist who worked to beautify her neighborhood while Breaux was looking forward to a new job and married life with a longtime boyfriend.

Investigators said John Russell Houser, 58, of Phenix City, Alabama, stood up about 20 minutes into a showing of Trainwreck at the Grand 16 Theatre on Thursday and opened fire. They added Houser died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound before police were able to get into the theater.

Police released photos Tuesday of the shooter’s car. They hope to get more information from anyone who may have seen the blue 1995 Lincoln Continental or Houser.

Anyone with any additional information about the car or the shooter is encouraged to call the Lafayette Police Department at 337-291-8600. 

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