TERRYTOWN, La. - Viloude Louis was a spunky 5-year-old who loved to sing and play. But Sunday, little Viloude died after her 13-year-old half brother allegedly elbowed, body slammed and punched her while practicing WWE wrestling moves inside their Terrytown apartment.
Viloude's mother, Adlourdes Desvallons, is devastated.
“Really hard. We've been together outside playing outside on Saturday night, whining ‘Mommy, catch me.’ And then on Sunday morning,” Desvallons said as her voice trailed off.
Viloude suffered multiple injuries, including broken ribs and internal bleeding.
Desvallons was at a nearby store at the time, and her 13-year-old son was charged with watching his younger sister.
Desvallons said when she called to check on the two, her son said Viloude was upstairs brushing her teeth. A few minutes later, her son called back.
“He said, ‘Mommy you have to come home soon, Viloude is not alright,” said Desvallons. “When he called me the baby was already dead.”
Already, a makeshift memorial of balloons and stuffed animals grows outside the family's Terrytown apartment. Viloude’s 11-year-old sister, Christelle Louis, is trying to stay strong.
“I just want to tell everyone that Viloude is very special, she's very nice, she wouldn't hurt anybody,” she said. “We would play all the time, sing Alicia Keys songs, ‘That Girl is on Fire,’ and play around, pretend we're Cinderellas.”
Jefferson Parish authorities said Viloude's brother didn't express remorse when they were interviewing him. In fact, they said he seem=ed excited to talk about the wrestling moves.
But his mother says her son apologized to her.
“I don't know what he's got in his mind, I don't know if he's done it on purpose or not,” said Desvallons. “I really don't know why -- that's my question. I don't know why.”
Jefferson Parish authorities said it's not the first time kids have tried to mimic violent television shows.
“We have to understand the maturity of our kids when we put them in the care and custody of other children,” said Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand.
The loss has devastated the entire neighborhood.
“I miss her so much,” said Bryance Joseph, 7, who used to play with Viloude.
“She was really kind, so intelligent, so smart,” said Desvallons.
The WWE issued the following statement in response to the incident:
“The death of Viloude Louis is a tragedy, and our condolences go out to her family.
WWE urges restraint in reporting this unfortunate incident as if it were the result of a WWE wrestling move. As in similar cases, criminal intent to harm and a lack of parental supervision have been the factors resulting in a tragic death.
Authorities have already charged the accused with second-degree murder and determined that this was not an accidental death due to a wrestling move.”