POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 6:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 6:18pm
BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA)--Today, friends and family gathered to pay their last respects to the victim of the tragic shooting in Beauregard Town last week, Allie Engler.
An estimated 200 people attended her funeral at Saint Luke's Episcopal church this afternoon. Her friends say she could light up a room, hold great conversations, and she will be dearly missed.
"She always kept a smile on her face no matter what she was going through," says Allie's neighbor, Christie Doss.
Forty-two year old Alexandra Engler had many roles to play during her lifetime. She was a friend, a student, and above all else, a mother.
"You see Ms. Engler, you see her daughter," says Doss. "They always used to be together everyday. She was a loving mother."
Allie's was also a student. She took classes at Southern Medical Corporations School of Ultrasound. She was months away from graduating.
"We're family. There were 11 of us, now there's ten," says classmate Brittany Bernard. "It's going to hard for graduation."
Bernard says Allie was a good student and an amazing mother. "She was talking about how she didn't know what Ari would do without her, and that was just two weeks ago."
Whiel the pain of the tragedy is still fresh, Bernard says she feels some closure with the arrest of 20-year-old Aramis Jackson, Allie's alleged killer.
"We're really thankful now that he's caught," she says. "It's a really, really horrible situation and we really hope that he suffers for the rest of his life. I don't think anyone could disagree."