LAFAYETTE, LA — As the case against the man accused of killing Mickey Shunick moves forward, family and friends begin planning a public memorial to celebrate the life of a young woman who captured the attention of a nation.
Josh Cohen, a representative for the Find Mickey Now volunteer group, told NBC33 News that a public memorial is in the works and should happen sometime within the next month. He says the event will most likely occur in downtown Lafayette and will include live music.
“She’s a big fan of music,” Tiffany Lamson, one of the members of Givers, a Lafayette-based band that performed a fundraising concert during the early days of the search effort, said. “We’ve met her before at our concerts.”
Shunick’s body was located on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at a graveyard located near the intersection of Highways 10 and 13 near Mamou. Shunick was first reported missing on May 20, 2012.
"Today, we begin our lives without Mickey,” read a statement released by the family the day the body was confirmed to be Shunick. “We have not just lost our daughter, and our children have not just lost their sister, but all of us have lost a part of ourselves."
Shunick’s body is currently being processed for evidence at the FACES lab in Baton Rouge. We’re told it could take up to two weeks before that part of the investigation is completed.
Cohen tells us that a funeral will be held once Shunick is returned to Lafayette. We’re told the funeral service will be closed to the public and only close family and friends will be allowed to attend.
The man accused of killing Shunick, Brandon Scott Lavergne, 33, will be back in court on Friday, Aug. 17 for an evidence hearing. Lavergne is also charged with the death of Lisa Pate. Her body was discovered in a field in July of 1999.
A grand jury indicted Lavergne for charges in both cases on Wednesday, July 18.
On Friday, July 27, Lavergne pleaded “not guilty” to the First-Degree murder charges in both cases.