Family and friends remember Alice Heckard

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Dozens of people filled Leslie Lane outside Alice Heckard’s home where she was shot Sunday night. As people comforted each other and fought back tears, Heckard’s aunt Creoria Dunn and community activist Tyrone “K9” Dickens gathered everyone together to remember Heckard.

Cleoria Dunn talks to the crowd. (Source: KNOE)

Dunn says she had to do something, because everyone was looking for answers. So, she turned to prayer to ask god to intervene. "We need an intervention from the Holy Ghost. Amen? Amen," Dunn said.

Dickens and Dunn called for unity as they remembered “Boom Boom.” "Let's remember her how she was,” Dickens said. “Man, it's about to be a tough time, like she said, for the community and the family. It didn't just affect her. And the kids. Lord, the kids!*

The mother of three is the latest victim in a recent string of violence in Monroe. Dunn says too many lives are being lost. "It's got to stop. And if it's going to stop, it's going to have to stop with us,” Dunn said.

“We've got to do what we've got to do to bring a stop to this. Enough is enough. We've got to stop. Only love can conquer hate. Only love."

So, the community touched and agreed, praying for peace and an end to the senseless killing. "Whether we say it or not, we're all feeling something, and we're all fearful right now. All of us are scared, because we don't know who's going to be next," Dunn says.

During the gathering, Dickens also gave inspirational words as well. "God got us, I'm telling y'all,” Dickens said.

“He said where two or three or gathered together, He's in the midst. I'm telling you. Before you know it, they gone have him, and justice will be served. And we're going to pray for him too! And his family, because guess what? His life gone too."

So, the group coming together, praying and singing for a better tomorrow.

Alice Heckard was 36 years old and graduated from Carroll High School in 2002.