Fallen officer given hero's welcome in return home
BATON ROUGE - Police, EMS, firefighters and civilians lined I-10 in Baton Rouge Saturday afternoon to honor a fallen soldier as his body was returned home.
Many stood at attention outside their cars when Officer Thomas LaValley's body passed by on its way from Shreveport to a funeral home in Gonzales. LaValley was shot and killed while responding to a call earlier this week. He's worked on the Shreveport Police Department for the past four years, but is orginally from St. Amant.
After passing through Baton Rouge, the caravan made its way to Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales. LaValley's family says that's when the reality of what happened, really started to sink in.
"I just almost couldn't believe it it something that you see on tv, but you never expect it to happen to you and your family," LaValley's cousin Jacob Averett told News 2's Ambria Washington. "But seeing everybody out here really just inspired me to believe in America.
Funeral arrangements are set for Sunday and Monday in Gonzales/St. Amant and can be found here.
The man accused of killing LaValley, Grover Cannon, was arrested and charged in this shooting, along with another from earlier this summer.