LAPLACE, La. - Hundreds of family, friends, law enforcement and strangers paid their respects to a St. John Parish sheriff's deputy killed on Thursday.
Visitation for Deputy Jeremy Triche was held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. He left behind a wife and two-year-old. Triche would have been 28 on Monday.
The skies over LaPlace mirrored the mood of the town that began saying goodbye to one of its protectors.
Authorities said Triche was gunned down in the early morning hours while investigating the shooting of two other deputies earlier in the night. Seven people have been arrested in the case.
But Sunday, the focus was just on Triche, the man and public servant.
Fr. John Tran with St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where Triche's funeral will be held, said, "To recall his life and what he has meant, not only to his family, but also for our local community. We hope that in time, all of us will be able to go on to the good memories that we have of his life.
The show of support by the St. John community, and other communities, including numerous law enforcement agencies was immense.
"Any time when there's a tragedy that takes place in our community, and also any joyful even, but particularly in times of pain and suffering, we do come together, try to support one another," said Tran.
Tran said if nothing else, time, and the continued support that showed Sunday night, will help the family and the community heal.
"We hope that in this time, the Lord will comfort us in our time of sadness, but also give us certainty in time where we doubt, and courage to move on with life with memories of the deceased as well," he said.
Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be presiding over Triche's service on Monday.
Law enforcement expects heavy traffic delays in LaPlace for the funeral procession, so they're warning drivers to be prepared. West 5th, West Airline and Elm streets are expected to see the heaviest delays.