POSTED: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 9:09pm
UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 1:13pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — It was only four months ago that Tim and Natalie Grady passed away victims of violent crime, now their four children are left picking up the pieces.
"They were a great family, a loving family, and anything anyone can do to support them would be great," said family friend Courtney Downing.
Now family friends like A.J. and Courtney Downing say their friends must fight the stigma of living as children affected by tragedy.
"I think a lot of people are saying, oh it's just another one, and it just happened again, but it is something serious," said family friend, A.J. Downing.
But many people who knew the Grady's say stepping up now to help is the only way to make sure these survivors know they are not alone.
"I wanted to do anything that I could to help this family, to be able to pay the bills at their parents house as well as take care of the boys,"said Fundraiser Organizer, Liz Perrault.
So Liz decided to sell pastalaya for five dollars a box to raise money for the four Grady children.
"I never questioned it, I never even complained about it, it was never even, I don't feel like doing it, I just did it because it was needed."
When the local community around George O'Neal saw what perrault was doing, businesses like Portobellos, St. Andrew's Church and Fresh Pickin's wanted to help too.
"Just to show them that the community is here for them mainly. And they're here to support them, that they're not alone in this time," said Co-Organizer Danielle Wyble.
Wyble says she's doing this just because she would want someone to help her when times were tough.
"It's good for anyone who's going through that to know that their community's there for them."