Slain officer's family talks spending first birthday and Christmas without him
BATON ROUGE – Family of one of the slain officers killed in an ambush shooting in July discussed how the Christmas holidays will be the hardest time for them this year.
The family of Montrell Jackson, a Baton Rouge Police officer who was killed by a gunman on July 17 during an ambush, told PEOPLE magazine, that Dec. 23, two days before Christmas, is the day that Jackson would have turned 33 years old.
"This is gonna be one of the hardest times for us, because, of course, this will be our first Christmas without him," Charles Cavalier, Jackson's uncle, said.
Cavalier said that the family would celebrate Jackson's birthday and Christmas together since they were just days apart.
"We'd all go out and get dinner, have some laughs … it is going to be tough, but we are hanging in."
Cavalier said that there is no way to fully recover.
"You just continue. You try to do the best you can and you do whatever you can to keep his legacy alive. That is something I will do for as long as I live, because he was just such a special kid,' Cavalier said.
Jackson was killed along with East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola and BRPD officer Matthew Gerald. Three other officers were wounded during the ambush. Deputy Nick Tullier is currently being treated at a rehabilitation facility in Houston.
Jackson's wife, Trenisha Jackson, was at Walmart on O'Neal Lane in Baton Rouge Friday giving out treats in honor of his birthday.