Bike loop to be named after cycling murder victim
LAFAYETTE - City leaders renamed a bicycle loop for murder victim Mickey Shunick Tuesday night.
Shunick, a college student, was hit and killed by Brandon Scott Lavergne in May 2012. In a confession, Lavergne said he had been drinking when he hit Shunick but killed her after the pair had an altercation in his truck.
Shunick's bike was found in Whiskey Bay, between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Her body was discovered in a rural area outside Lafayette.
Lavergne is serving two life sentences in the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the murders of Shunick and Lisa Pate. He also confessed to killing another Lafayette-area woman in the 1990s.
At the meeting about the bike path three years after Shunick's death, city-parish leaders approved to name the bike trail the 'Mickey Shunick Memorial Bike Loop.' The path encompasses streets around UL Lafayette, business areas and residential streets along the busy Johnston Street and Bertrand Drive.
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