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St. Amant residents gather for Balloon Memorial for Faith and Patience

POSTED: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 9:43am

Hundreds of balloons were released in the air to remember two girls who's lives were taken away in a car crash last month.

"Probably one of the most tragic events that ever took place in St Amant," Remembered St. Amant Fire Chief, James Leblanc.

Leblanc says he was out there that night.

"To have two girls, 20-25 feet underwater, for 35-40 minutes with 20-30 Firemen, Policemen, trying to get them out of that black murky water that night is probably one of the most tragic things that we could ever be faced with in this community." stated Chief Leblanc.

Many in the Gonzales community can remember the faces of Faith and Patience. People like Faith's cheerleading coach, Jaci Bumgardner.

"Happy, smiling, cheering, always making sure it was right, asking questions when something was wrong." said Bumgardner.

Bumgarder says she hopes that Faith sees Sunday's Memorial.

"I'm just happy that we all can come together and be here," she said.

This great event at the iconic "Pit" represented more than two little girls, it represented a whole community gaining closure.

"We figured a funeral was not a place for children so we wanted to make sure everyone in the community had a chance to come and say good bye," said event Co-Organizer, Christina Duhe.

Duhe said she wanted to send the two girls a final message.

"We can see them now, looking down from heaven, and wanting this, loving this, seeing everybody smiling, and not upset and crying," she said.

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