Family and friends reflect on Mickey Shunick's last fighting moments

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POSTED: Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:02pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 1:56pm

Brandon Lavergne, the man responsible for taking both the lives of Lisa Pate and Mickey Shunick, is now facing a life in jail. But for those left behind, it may not be enough.

"If it were real justice he'd be dead and she'd be alive," Nancy Shunick, Mickey's mother said.

In the eyes of the state of Louisiana justice has been served, Brandon Lavergne is heading to jail for life for the murders of both Lisa Pate and Mickey Shunick, but it doesn't dull the ache for family now missing both women.

"Maybe death would have been too easy for someone like this. I think he gets to think about what he did for the rest of his life. And every time he closes his eyes I hope he sees her face," Josh Cohen, a family friend, said.

Details read aloud in court reveal Shunick fought hard for her life. According to court documents after Mickey was forced into Lavergne's vehicle she attempted to use her cell phone to call for help. Lavergne caught her and threatened her with a knife. She then sprayed him with mace, grabbed his knife and stabbed him repeatedly. While attempting to grab the knife away from Shunick, Lavergne severed tendons in his hand. Lavergne got the knife back and stabbed Shunick at least four times, thinking he had killed her. He brought her to a sugar cane field to dispose of the body. Shunick then sprung up and stabbed Lavergne in the chest. Lavergne eventually grabbed a semi-automatic handgun, located on his person, and shot her.

Family and friends say it's no surprise, they believe in her final moments she's lived up to her nickname, Mighty Mick.

"She fought for what was important to her. And no I am not surprised that she was ferocious, and that she did not quit until he blew her head off," Nancy Shunick, said.

"Apparently she almost killed him with the amount of damage she did. And he's a big guy, but like I said. I am not surprised. It’s who Mickey was, and she's stronger than all of us," Cohen added.

Though the Shunick's are proud, they wish always that their little girl was there with them, to see the community she rallied and the love she stirred in so many.

"If I could of had just one more day with Mickey after all this happened. I would have liked to take her to Blackham Coliseum. All the butterflies on the wall and all the press there and everyone behind her, and everybody wearing their shirt, 'find Mickey now.' I just wish she could have seen that for one day," Tom Shunick, Mickey’s father, added.

Tom Shunick also shared with NBC33 that he and his wife received a letter from Lavergne after the hearing, that letter has not been read, and they're not sure when they will.

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