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Former Gov. Edwin Edwards gives Nunez Eulogy

3 years ago January 18, 2012 Jan 18, 2012 Wednesday, January 18 2012 Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:53:04 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Hundreds of people gathered in stately St. Louis cathedral for the funeral of former Louisiana Senate President Sammy Nunez.

They heard former Gov. Edwin Edwards describe him as a friend, the architect of the state's Constitution, and the only man in Louisiana history to retake the Senate presidency over the governor's opposition.

They also heard U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu read letters from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton and they heard Archbishop Gregory Aymond describe Nunez as someone who had left his "heart-prints" all over Louisiana in its buildings, its institutions, and laws.

Other mourners included former U.S. Rep. Bill Jefferson, former state legislator Sherman Copelin and Louisiana car dealer and race horse owner Ronnie Lamarque.

Nunez, who had Parkinson's disease, died Sunday.

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