Family and friends gathered in Girard Park Monday evening to attend a candlelight vigil in honor of 21-year-old Alexandria Shelton.
Her body was found in a drainage ditch at the park during the early hours of Sunday, April 13th after friends reported her missing. Raven Fuselier, Shelton's cousin and the last person she spoke to, said the two of them had a close bond. "She was a great cousin, sister, and best friend," said Fuselier. Shelton's father, Norville Shelton, said the vigil was a celebration of Shelton's life and all she accomplished. "We decided to deal with her life and her accomplishments rather than her passing," said Shelton.
Many of Shelton's friends, like Jonathan Allen from Grambling University, said her presence on campus will be missed.
"We will always remember her sweet spirit, her giving spirit and her relentless spirit," said Allen. Family members said they will always keep Alexandria close to their hearts as they still search for answers in her death. "I feel as though if we keep her spirit alive and as long as we keep searching for answers we're going to find them. She's going to help us," said Fuselier.
Only 24 hours after Shelton's body was found, her death was ruled an accidental drowning. Her family disagrees with more questions than answers while police continue their investigation. "She would want us to get justice for her, find out what really happened and do it with peace because she was church going. She believed in do right and right will come and good karma is going to come back to you," said Fuselier.
Shelton's father said he wishes he could have told his daughter "I love you" one more time. "Always tell your people you love them because you never know when this will happen to you," said Shelton. Alexandria Shelton was expected to graduate from Grambling University on May ninth. The University will award her diploma posthumously, allowing her family to cross the stage in her honor and receive her diploma.
A viewing will be held at Melancon's in Carencro on Tuesday, April 22nd at 9:00 a.m. The funeral will follow at 1:00 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.
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