Posted: May 30, 2014 9:26 PM by Zach Correa & Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 30, 2014 9:26 PM
BAKER- The emotional toll of a drunk driving crash may have been too much for a teenager to handle, so he took his own life, and family members put the blame on the convicted drunk driver who caused the wreck.
Marcus Gaines asked WBRZ News 2 if he could share his story about his 15-year-old son, Nasa Drewery. Drewery shot himself Friday morning at a family member's home. Gaines believes it was related to the stress of losing his cousins and grandmother in the crash, exactly two years ago.
"On [Friday], my son decided to take his life because he couldn't deal with the pain of losing his loved ones," said Gaines, two years to the date of the crash.
The grieving father blames Brett Gerald for his son's suicide. Gerald pleaded guilty to driving drunk and causing the May 2012 wreck in Slaughter. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison but the time was reduced.
Gerald was resentenced to 35 years after the Supreme Court issued new sentencing rules for DWI offenders. Now, his attorneys are appealing the new sentence, calling it excessive.
Gaines wants justice.
"You're responsible, Brett Gerald, for my son's death," Gaines said as he looked directly into a camera lens.
The Gaines family has set up a foundation for Drewery. Donations are accepted at Whitney Bank locations.