Surviving victim of home invasion honored by her bowling team

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:15pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 12:19pm

It's their way to hold vigil for a friend who they've bowled with two days a week, for years.

"Shirley we love you and we miss you," said Crystal Berthelot. "We know you're hanging in there and doing the best you can."

Bowling buddies picking up strikes and spares for Shirley Marchand.

"Beautiful person inside and out," said Diane Domingue. "Do anything for you. Put herself in a position to help many, many times."

Marchand remains hospitalized after her throat was slit in a shocking robbery at her Gonzales home that left her husband and her son dead. Investigators said the killers are still on the loose and escaped with a safe filled with valuable coins. Friends were stunned to hear the news.

"Last week was very quiet and somber in here," Berthelot said.

Ironically quiet, since Marchand's laugh always singled her out.

"Know she's here when you hear her laugh," Berthelot said. "Lights up the place."

Surrounded by activity, lane 23 remains open at All-Star Lanes in Baton Rouge. Shirley's name remains on the roster, as her friend's look forward to the day that she can return and bowl with them again.

"Look forward to the day I can put my arms around you and give you a big hug," Domingue said, holding back tears. We love you shirley."

If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 344-STOP.

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