Local shelter, family of pregnant woman slain in murder-suicide to hold vigil tonight

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ST. MARY PARISH, La. (KLFY)- A vigil will be held tonight for 18-year-old Naiasalyn Brown, who was shot and killed Thursday morning inside a home in Glencoe.

Authorities believe Brown died at the hands of 17-year-old Tyrell Bolden, who turned the gun on himself.

Her family and Chez Hope Family Crisis Center said Brown was pregnant.

Brown’s family will be holding a vigil tonight at 7 p.m. at 239 N. Coulee Street in Glencoe.

This was the second domestic violence homicide in two weeks in St. Mary Parish.

On July 5, 36-year-old April Charles was shot an killed by her ex-boyfriend, Kenneth Smith Jr., in Franklin.

Today, Chez Hope made this statement:

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Chez Hope, our hearts and prayers go out to Naiasalyn’s family and friends as well as our community. A Domestic Violence murder affects so many people, especially in a small community like ours. Chez Hope is here to provide support and comfort to the victim’s family and friends and to be a shoulder to cry on as well as provide an ear to listen.

If anyone is involved in a Domestic Violence situation, our Advocates are standing by 24 hours a day to help. You may need someone to talk to; you may need shelter; you may need a temporary restraining order; you may need to start your life all over again. Our services are free and confidential.

Chez Hope offers services throughout St. Mary Parish as well as in Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin Parishes. There are a total of 16 Domestic Violence Programs throughout the state of Louisiana. You can reach us at (337)828-4200 or call the Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at (888)411-1333.

In 2017, Louisiana ranked third in the nation for Domestic Violence homicides. There were 62 Domestic Violence Homicides in that year, 73% of which were committed with firearms. 21% of these cases involved suicide. This is the second Domestic Violence-related murder this month in St. Mary Parish.

Chez Hope, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Family Violence Crisis Center headquartered in Franklin, Louisiana. Our basic philosophy is that women, men and children have a right to live in a home free from violence.

If you would like more information about Chez Hope, click here or call (337) 828-4200 or email her at CherrisePicard@gmail.com.

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