BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The family of Allison Rice will continue to honor her life and wants to thank the community.

The father of LSU student Allie Rice says his daughter was a true daddy’s girl. Paul Rice says the mission now is to keep Allie’s memory alive.

“Allie was the child that always had a smile on her face,” said Rice. “She was my baby girl.”

“If this would have been somebody else that this happened to, Allie would have been there for them,” he said.

Allie’s life was cut short just weeks ago when police say she was shot while in her car on Government Street. Multiple law enforcement agencies are trying to piece together what happened that night.

The family believes the college student didn’t die in vain and her death brings more awareness to senseless gun violence plaguing the Capital City.

“Even since Allie’s death, there’s been so many more, it’s not getting any better,” said her father.

The community stands behind the Rice family. More than three dozen businesses are handing out “Live Like Allie” bracelets. A candlelight vigil is also planned — along with a community walk in her honor.

“We ended every conversation with ‘I love you’ or something silly,” said Paul.

The family wants to thank everyone across Baton Rouge for their unconditional support.

“It really shows the love of God and community,” said Kay Rice, Allie’s stepmother. “It’s a very we got you centered, take care of each other community.”

A reward for a Crime Stoppers tip leading to the arrest and indictment of the suspect accused of killing Rice is now at $55,500. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.