News for Monday 072715
By Dave Graichen
A single vehicle crash Friday afternoon killed a child that wasn’t properly restrained in a car seat. 31-year-old Marquita Batiste of Alexandria overturned her SUV after she tried to pass a vehicle while entering a curve on England Drive just before Billie Bayou. 4-year-old Amaria Lachney was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at a local hospital . Bastiste is charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, negligent homicide, negligent injuring, no seat belt, and no child restraint.
The funeral for Mayci Marie Breaux, 21, one of the two women killed by a gunman at a Lafayette movie theater last week, will be held Today in Franklin. Breaux was with her fiancé, Matthew Rodriguez, at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette to watch a movie when a gunman killed her and another woman. Nine others were injured.
The Lafayette theater shooting is sparking arguments over gun control once again and whether more laws are needed to prevent such tragedies. Violence Policy Center Executive Director Josh Sugarman says we need stronger gun. He says the entire gun industry needs serious reform. Wade Duty with the Louisiana Gun Association says piling on additional gun laws would not have altered this man’s behavior. Duty says the best immediate response to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Louisiana Attorney General Bubby Caldwell wants to assemble a team of health professionals to help identify unstable and violent persons and communicate that information with law enforcement. Caldwell says he’s tired of seeing mass shootings like the one that happened last week in Lafayette. Caldwell says we need to start pulling our resources together. He says we need to learn from these tragedies and then find a solution. There’s evidence the Lafayette movie theater gunman John Houser suffered from mental issues.
College football analyst Phil Steele believes the LSU Tigers will be one the surprise teams in the upcoming season. Steele says LSU’s defense will be fast and one of the best in the country and he likes the offensive line. Steele says quarterback is the biggest question mark on LSU’s team.