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ST. JOSEPH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Tensas Parish area prepares for two funerals this weekend, and remains in shock over the death of Jay Warbington and LaDean McDaniel.

Walking around St. Joseph, it is easy to see how much love the town has for Jay Warbington and LaDean McDaniel. It seems that everyone knew the two victims, and that their memories will continue to live on.

Thursday, Tensas Academy spent part of the day gearing up for the first football game of the season. It's usually an exciting time in St. Joseph, but this season, the town is in mourning.

"We had discussed canceling the game," says T. A. Teacher Denise Arceneaux, "but then we thought about the two victims, and we decided that they would say 'No, let's go on with the program."

Jay Warbington was a Tensas Academy graduate, a football standout according to his yearbook, and what Arceneaux, a former classmate, calls an all-around good guy.

"He might have been considered a prankster," says Arceneaux, "he would tell stories of his high school days and his best impersonation was of Mr. Owen."

Arceneaux says Warbington would love to have gone to the game, and cheer on the Chiefs.

"Jay was an avid sports fan and an LSU fanatic."

The memorial in front of Tensas State Bank continues to grow, and creating most of the arrangements is florist Kimberly Rogers.

"A lot of people called her Deanie," says Rogers.

She says she can never forget LaDean McDaniel, or her smile. Rogers says she will continue to work on the memorial until it's perfect.

"We'll always love them, and tell the families we are always here," says Rogers, "this is for you from all of us."

Friday from 5 to 9, a memorial will be held for Warbington at Kendrick's Ferry Pentecostal Church in Wisner, his funeral is set for Saturday at 2. Funeral arrangements for McDaniel have been tentatively set for Sunday at 1, at the Pentecostals of the Miss-Lou in Ferriday.

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