BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Nothing can replace a loved one lost to crime. However, some unexpected friends may be able to lift the weight of grief, if only for an afternoon.
Krissell and TreVonte Peck lost their mother, April, to unimaginable violence. She was killed at the hands of her boyfriend in November. It was a case that struck the District Attorney's office especially hard.
"We wanted to show these kids some respect and love," said District Attorney Hillar Moore.
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Moore took a special interest in the boys, who are seven and four years old. Both are huge LSU basketball fans. Moore just happens to know LSU Head Basketball Coach Johnny Jones, and set the boys and their family up for a special meeting. The family got to play on the LSU court, and Jones gave them some LSU swag, including a ball signed by the team.
It was a bittersweet moment for April's sister, Dannlleshia, who is now raising the boys with her own kids. She's determined to make sure these kids don't forget they're loved.
"They will not forget my sister. I'm like, this is your momma. She's gone up with God and he's taking care of her," said Donnlleshia.
To top it all off, the family was given some of the best seats in the house for their very first LSU Basketball game Saturday evening.
"Hopefully there is some kind of way that we can give these kids something that's uplifting," said Jones.