Mourners gather to say goodbye to 21-year-old killed in Bourbon St. shooting

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Posted on July 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 6:24 AM

Jaclyn Kelley / Eyewitness News
Email: jkelley@wwltv.com | Twitter: @jkelleyWWL

HAMMOND, La. - Friday was a painful night for the family and friends of a Hammond woman killed in the recent Bourbon Street mass shooting.

A visitation service was held for 21-year-old Brittany Thomas, but for the family, saying goodbye does not mean their quest for justice is over.

Thomas was remembered as a beautiful young woman with a bright future ahead of her.

"She was ambitious, she had dreams," said her Aunt Alicia Washington. "When she graduated in August there was more she wanted to do, she was going to go back to school to further her education."

Now her friends and family are dealing with the pain of knowing the nursing student will never get to pursue those dreams.

"You took something special from us," says her cousin Reshawnda Stutts. "You don't know how bad you hurt us and we pray for you."

"We are all in disarray," says Thomas' Godfather Preston Randall. "It's a tragedy, most definitely, but we are putting it in God's hands."

Thomas was one of 10 innocent bystanders shot during a gunfight on Bourbon Street on June 29.

She was shot in the back of the head, after one of the gunman turned his gun on the crowd. Four days later she died from her injuries.

"When she ran there was nobody around, so why keep shooting in that direction if you knew you were shooting at her," said Washington. "Ya know, just having no regard for other people's life is just not acceptable."

"She didn't deserve it," said Stutts. "Her live was stolen from her, stolen away from us and we want justice."

The family says they need justice, not only for Thomas, but for the nine others injured in the crossfire.

Right now one shooter, Trung Le, is in custody and fighting extradition back to Louisiana, but investigators are still combing through hours of surveillance tape in the hopes of identifying the second gunman.

Her family says they hope her tragic death will serve as a wakeup call for other college students.

"Trouble can find you anywhere," said Washington. "Try to be selective, if you know certain areas are problem areas stay away from them because I wouldn't wish this on any family."

Friday Governor Bobby Jindal started the process of extraditing shooting suspect Trung Le back to Louisiana. Le is currently being held in Harrison County, Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Crimestoppers is now offering a $5,000 reward for any information that lead to the arrest of the second gunman.

If you can help, call Crimestoppers at 822-1111.

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