Authorities painted a sinister picture on Wednesday of how Raegan Day and Dustin Hartline went from a planned day trip to being murdered.
“This is a very sad situation and it's also unfortunate that two people lost their lives and that four others are facing life in prison over a 2011 Chevy Camaro,” Sheriff Randy Smith said.
Smith says Day and Hartline went to a location off of Salmen Drive in Slidell to meet up with Britanny Sevall to talk about a possible sale of Day’s car.
However, loved ones say the vehicle was Day’s pride and joy and past encounters with Sevall were negative. They also say that Day was selfless and forgiving.
“Literally when nobody else was there, she was there. I sat with her every day at lunch because I had nowhere else to go and she was always so accepting,” Britanny D’antoni, Day’s friend, said.
Smith said that meet up was actually a set up with armed suspects wearing masks. Ultimately, Coroner Charles Preston said that Day was shot twice and Hartline was shot once. Their bodies were put in the car which was then driven into the East Pearl River.
“Nobody deserves to lose their life the way that her nor Dustin did,” Hannah Brisset, Day’s friend, said.
Loved ones are focusing on the way Day and Hartline lived and keeping an eye out for signs they’re still alive in spirit, all while waiting for someone to pay for why they’re gone.
“Little things I think like the birds in the air are going to show us she's with us and that's all we have. That's all I can hope is that we get justice for our best friend, and that's all I want,” Christina Larocca, Day’s friend said.