POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 10:17pm
BATON ROUGE,LA(NBC33) — "Devastated, devastated," says John Gaines.
John Gaines is having trouble adjusting to life without his wife of almost fifty years, along with his daughter and grandchildren not being with him anymore. They died when a drunk driver slammed into them last week. He says family and faith are helping him deal with his unspeakable loss.
"When somebody's around you, especially in times like this. Just somebody to be there that means a lot to you. And I appreciate everything that the community, the neighborhood, the ministers are doing," says Gaines.
To help cope both spiritually and financially after the tragic loss that took his loved ones away, a fundraiser will be held in their honor.
"A benefit concert will be held here at the New Hope Baptist Church on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. And along with raising money, it'll also raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.
"You don't go out there drinking and get behind the wheel. Really when you're drinking, when you get to the point where you're intoxicated. You shouldn't be doing anything but sleeping, but unfortunately it's just how it happens this time," says Gaines.
The man who allegedly took the life of his relatives is Brett Gerald. Gaines believes that because of his strong faith he will be able to forgive him.
"I ask God to touch that man and leave it in God's hands whatever with that man. And I wish him the best," states Gaines.
But he'll never be able to forget how Gerald changed his life and his family's lives forever.
"Once the healing process comes in, I don't want to open up that same wound," says Gaines