Candlelight vigil for Monroe murder victim Alice Heckard

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Family and friends of a woman who died at the hands of domestic violence honored her memory Wednesday night.

Family and friends of a woman who died at the hands of domestic violence honored her memory Wednesday night. (Source: KNOE)

Loved ones hosted a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Alice Heckard.

Heckard was shot and killed at her home in the Town and Country neighborhood on Sunday. The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Charles Lampley in connection to the crime.

“I love my sister the death, it’s like he ripped a hole out of my chest,” said Kilwa Heckard, the older sister of the victim.

The mother of three is the latest victim in a recent string of violence in Monroe.

Deputies believe the shooting may have resulted from a domestic disturbance between the victim and the suspect.

“I’m going to live on and I’m going to raise my sister’s kids. I’m going to raise them kids like they’re mines,” said Heckard.

Heckard’s family had one request for people coming to the vigil, show up with a pink or purple balloon.

The two colors were Heckard’s favorite according to family, with the color purple representing an important point for the month of October – domestic violence awareness month.

“They’re tired of losing a loved one. Shooting here, shooting there. It doesn’t matter where it’s at. It’s all over the country. It needs to stop because everyone is losing people,” said Tyrone “K-9” Dickens, a cousin of the victim.

The family hopes they can possibly save the life of someone else by sharing Heckard’s story.

“Gun violence doesn’t exempt nobody,” said Dickens. “So while everybody sitting back hollering out that they don’t have anything to do with it, yea you have a lot to do with it. It hit the community, it hit someone that was loved and cared about.”

A woman loved by many and gone too soon.

“I see my sister touched everybody. My sister was awesome,” said Heckard.

“We lost someone that was very, very loved. It’s time for someone to step up and say, hey, we’re tired,” said Dickens. “If you’re a true friend and you love one of these people, and you have to see your brothers, aunts, sisters, brothers cry real tears, it made me get my mind right again. To see that man hurt, whether you want to do it or not, you have to do it.”

Heckard’s funeral is set for this Saturday at Smith’s Funeral Home in Monroe.

The state domestic violence hotline number is 1-888-411-1333.

The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART) operates out of seven parishes in Northeast La. and provides counseling services, shelter, and other resources for men, women, children and pets. Their crisis hotline number is 318-251-2255.

The Wellspring in Ouachita Parish is partnered with the Family Justice Center, who also provide counseling, support, and legal services. Their hotline number is 318-323-1505.