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Tragedy sparks holiday tradition for family

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ASCENSION PARISH- The Duplessis and Laiches are putting the finishing touches on a 28-foot wooden spaceship that will go up in flames in a bonfire tomorrow night.

The close knit family started building elaborate New Year's Eve bonfires as a memorial after their loved one, 18- year- old Luke Villar, was killed in an armed robbery.

It happened in St. Amant in September of 2001.

"The cousins had all gone on this camping trip and they discussed doing a bonfire in honor of Luke. And that's how it started, and ever since then they thought of something really neat to build," says Sherry Laiche.

Three men were found guilty in connection with Villar's death.

 

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