Classmate remembers 10-year-old car crash victim

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CECILIA, La (KLFY) – Family, friends, classmates, and school staff gathered Thursday afternoon in Cecilia as 10-year-old Isley Thibodeaux was laid to rest.

“Without her it’s just really hard, it’s really hard,” said Isley’s classmate, Landon Kately.

Hundreds attended Thibodeaux’s funeral afternoon at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cecilia.

Thibodeaux was killed last Sunday just after 10:30 p.m. when the Ford Explorer she was riding in collided with a Jeep Cherokee driven by Albert Sampy.

Lafayette Police said Sampy was traveling south in the 200 block of University Ave. when he crossed the center line and hit the Ford head-on.

Sampy and a passenger, and Isley and her mother were taken to a hospital where Isley later died.

Kately said this week at school has not been the same.

“It was always a happy week,” said Kately. “She always made the room shine.”

Isley and her mother were on their way home from the Carrie Underwood concert.

The Cecilia native was a 5th grade student at St. Bernard School in Breaux Bridge.

Kately said her creative ability is what made her stand out most.

“She was so loving and caring and she use to draw amazingly and she would always draw us pictures and everything. She was really nice,” said Kately.

Isley’s classmates were recognized as honorary pallbearers during the funeral. As the students take part in celebrating the life of a dear classmate, Kately said it will be tough to move forward without her.

“It’s been so sad, everybody was crying,” said Kately. “It’s really hard because she was a good person to have around the classroom.”

She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, but Kately said what he’ll miss most is, “Her drawings and her smile everyday she came in class with, that was nice.”

Isley is survived by her mom and dad, her little brother, and a host of other relatives.

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