POSTED: Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 4:32pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 28, 2012 - 1:13pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — The gates just opened for a benefit concert happening in downtown Lafayette at Parc Internationale to raise funds for the continued search of missing ULL student Mickey Shunick. The latest breakthrough in the case came this morning and has all involved emotionally conflicted, but remaining positive.
“The news is unsettling, but it’s another step forward and I’m thankful, but it is bitter sweet,” Kelsye Sruge, one of the organizers of the benefit concert, explained. “The bands have changed their set list to include songs that they feel are appropriate given the latest news.”
This morning Shunick’s bike was discovered at the Whiskey Bay exit off of Interstate 10. It was found by fishermen in the area and family members were called to make the identification. Police say no other evidence has been found as of yet, but they are hopeful something will turn up.
“We’re going to be out here as long as it takes for us to find something,” Cpl. Paul Mouton, Lafayette Police Department, noted.
Family members remain positive that the latest breakthrough could help crack the case. They ask that everyone keep positive thoughts.
“If you guys could take a minute tonight around 11:00 p.m. and just close your eyes and send love and prayers and positive energy to my sister, that would be awesome,” Charlene Shunick said via her Facebook page. “Everyone has been so amazing.”
Tonight’s concert hopes to push that message of positive thoughts and energy.
“This isn’t about a rock band, a live show, but more about the ceremony of a collective prayer.” Taylor Guarisco, member of Givers, one of the bands performing at tonight’s event, said about the concert. “I think by the end of the day, as a collective, we will realize the power of our intentions and the power of our thought.”
Givers are a Lafayette-based band that has gained national recognition. They were asked to perform at the benefit concert because of Mickey’s love for their music.
“Their sound is what Mickey loved so much,” Sruge explained. “What we really need right now is that positivity.”
Shunick is described as an avid music fan and largely involved with the local live music scene in Lafayette.
“She’s a big fan of music,” Tiffany Lamson, another member of Givers, said. “I didn’t know her personally, but we’ve met her before at our concerts.”
“She’s a very recognizable character in Lafayette,” Guarisco added. “She’s always out at shows. I wasn’t close friends with her, but there are certain people you notice who have a presence. She’s one of those people.”
The Givers will perform at 7:00 p.m. After the concert ends at 8:00 p.m., a second benefit event will be held at the Blue Moon. Admission to that event is $12.
Shunick was at a live music concert the night that she went missing. She left the venue with a friend and rode her bicycle home shortly before 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. Surveillance video was captured of Shunick riding her bike near City Hall in Lafayette. Three vehicles of interest have been identified by the Lafayette Police Department.