Around 10:00 p.m., 36-year-old Kerry Varis opened fire on his 32-year-old wife, Nancy Varis. He then fled on foot and was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The family is now in need of help with funeral costs. Nancy's sister, Melissa Fontenot, said the family has raised a little more than six-hundred dollars, but need a lot more to bury both Kerry and Nancy Varis.
"We're trying to get this money raised to bury my sister and my brother-in-law. We have like six-hundred, but we have a long ways from six-thousand for the both of them to try to get everything done," said Fontenot. The couple left behind nine children between the ages of five and 18 some of whom witnessed the act.
Fontenot said she is now raising seven of the younger children and is also in need of items for the kids. "We need school uniforms, shoes, socks and underclothes for the children. Anything that can help me to help them," said Fontenot.
Fontenot said the children are doing well despite Friday's tragic event. "Every now and then they think about it, but then they come right back and are happy. They're very strong," said Fontenot.
Fontenot said the funeral will be held Saturday, July 12th at Owens-Thomas Funeral Home in Ville Platte. An account is set up at Saint Landry Bank under "The 9 children's fund."
Donations can be sent to Monette Clay, 132 East Landry Street, Opelousas. Account #10082022. Fontenot said donations can also be sent or brought to 922 North Stagg Street, Ville Platte.
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
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