POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 5:34pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — It's been one year since a drunk driver took the lives of seven people, including 5 children. Since then, every day has been a battle for the Gaines family to make sure the man who did this will pay for his actions.
“We lost 6 of our family members a total of 7 people killed," said Marcus Gaines, a relative of those lost. "A lot of heart ache, a lot of pain, a lot of grief. It doesn't seem like it was a year, it only seemed like it’s been two or three months now.”
Even after a year, the family says they still suffer each day.
“It's something you just do not get over after years, even ten years. We will never get over it,” said Denise Gaines.
The man who chose to drink and drive that night is the main reason the Gaines family says they are re-living that night over and over.
"He gets to see his family. We will never see our family again," noted Marcus Gaines.
The Gaines family hopes the community comes together Thursday night on the Capitol steps to learn about what's been going on over the past 12 months and what they have been dealing with.
They will use the vigil as a reminder to the public that they are not done fighting for justice. That is justice they say Brett Gerald needs to serve.
"We are serving a life sentence,” said Denise Gaines.
But even in the wake of tension and sadness, Thursday is also a day to look back on how those seven people touched so many lives.
"You think about your mom encouraging you your sister, calling you every day, your nieces and your nephews but that's no more."