One year anniversary of DeJuan Guillory’s death in deputy-involved shooting

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Today marks the one year anniversary in the death of DeJuan Guillory.

Guillory was shot and killed by an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy in Mamou.

To say it has been a long road since the incident, on the morning of July 6th a year ago, would be an understatement.

While time has passed, suspicion and questions have not.

Since then the community has time and time again voiced their displeasure with how the case was handled and the ultimate result.

“Ville Platte, Evangeline Parish, you have a problem,” said Black Panther Party member Joe Lawrence.

In the following months, friends, family and those who heard of the case from all over came together.

They held vigils, walks for justice, and multiple gatherings outside of the Evangeline parish courthouse where the case was being reviewed.

“We can’t grieve in peace because we have to fight this fight every day from waking up to going to bed and sometimes we don’t even do that,” said Guillory’s sister Kiera back in December.

The case saw a four-month-long investigation by state police before it was turned over to District Attorney Trent Brignac.

“The worst thing investigators can do is rush and get it wrong so we’d rather take a little time but a reasonable amount of time and try to get it right,” said Brignac back in July of last year.

His decision came in December when he chose not indict deputy Paul Lefleur because as he says there was not enough sufficient evidence.

Since then, Guillory’s family and friends have lived with the burden of lack of closure in it all.

When KLFY attempted to reach out for a comment on the one year anniversary, they declined to comment.

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