Sunday, September 2, 2012

"Community Celebration to Honor Mickey Shunick"

Friends and family of Mickey Shunick announced a “Community Celebration to Honor Mickey Shunick.”

The public celebration will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Parc International. The event is free. Beer and food will be available for purchase. A public art wall will be on display, and T-shirts with a new, celebratory graphic will be sold for the cost of printing.

Shunick was a 21-year-old University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who was kidnapped and killed in May by Brandon Scott Lavergne. Lavergne is now serving two life sentences in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for the murders of Shunick and Lisa Ann Pate.

Saturday’s celebration will begin with friends sharing their memories of Shunick. City-Parish President Joey Durel will speak as well, and family and friends will recognize law enforcement officers, volunteers, donors, doctors and members of the community who helped in the search effort for Shunick.

The event will also feature live performances from Whole Damn Town (at 1:30 p.m.), imagineIAM (at 2:30 p.m.), and Rareluth (at 3:45 p.m.). The celebration will conclude with a 5 p.m. public bike ride following the route Shunick took the morning of May 19. That ride will conclude with the permanent placement of a ghost bike at the end of St. Landry Street as a tribute to Shunick.

To contribute art to the public art wall or volunteer, contact

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