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BATON ROUGE - A brother and sister who buried six members of their family two years ago spoke out today, hoping to stop people from driving drunk on New Year's Eve.

In May of 2012 Brett Gerald was under the influence and crashed into an oncoming car, killing everyone inside. John Gaines and Delia Brady remember the horrific details like they happened yesterday.

"The crash was horrific," Gaines said. "A part of us is missing because of this tragedy. My sister was gasping for air, my 11-year-old niece was through the windshield."

They pray no other family goes through the heartache they have experienced, begging people to think twice before getting behind the wheel drunk tonight.

"All it takes is one second to do something wrong behind the wheel of the car to take your life or someone else's life," Gaines said.

State Police says double the forces will be out on New Year's Eve, and if you're caught driving drunk, you're not only risking getting your car towed, your license taken, fines, and possible jail time, but you're risking your life and every life around you.

"That's not something you want on your conscious," said Superintendent of State Police, Colonel Michael Edmonson. "That's not something you want to be remembered for, to know that someone died, someone got hurt because of your actions."

It's those actions that left the Gaines family fighting for justice, hoping something positive comes from their great loss.


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