Candlelight vigil held for murder victim

By By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

A candlelight vigil was held in memorial of 21-year-old Brittany Grosse-Pryor on Friday night at the lakefront promenade

in Lake Charles. Grosse-Pryor was found dead Nov. 30, allegedly by the hands of a co-worker.

The parents of Grosse-Pryor said they were amazed at the outpouring of support from the community, and that the vigil was

a great way to remember who she was.

“I understand that Lake Charles is a

small, close-knit community, but we’ve really been taken aback by the

amount of support

we’ve been shown,” father of Brittany Grosse-Pryor, David Slade

said. “This has been really difficult to deal with, but without

the support from the community it would be that much harder.”

“Brittany never saw the bad in people, she always saw the good. She didn’t look at the color of a person’s skin or what had

happened in their past. She had a smile that could melt an iceberg, and everyone who met her loved her. As her parents we

believe those things, and that’s how we want her to be remembered,” mother of Brittany Grosse-Pryor, Dianna Slade said.

The vigil was hosted by the Louisiana

chapter of, and was attended by Lake Charles mayor, Randy

Roach. In his

address to the assembled crowd Roach proclaimed Dec. 7 as a day of

memorial for Grosse-Pryor and made a statement concerning

violence against women.

“These acts of violence against women need to stop, and as men we are responsible for stopping them. We need to do more, to

stand up and say that enough is enough,” Mayor Randy Roach said.

Organizer of the event and President of the Louisiana Chapter of, Renee Davis says that although she did not

know Grosse-Pryor personally, it is part of the organization’s mission to bring awareness to and enact legislation against

violent crimes against women.

“Whether we knew her or not, Brittany has touched our lives and will live in our hearts,” Davis said.