The atmosphere at the Louisiana Farm Bureau has been somber since the wife of one of their employees was killed.
Stephanie Payne died when a driver crashed into her vehicle Monday night at the intersection of Siegen Lane and Perkins Road, according to police reports. Police have arrested a suspect, 18-year-old Jack Jordan, who claims God instructed him to drive at a high speed.
Payne was married to Farm Bureau employee Tim Payne for two decades. They had two daughters together.
“It’s been really rough on us. This is a very sad time for the Farm Bureau, for all of our members statewide,” Payne’s co-worker and friend Avery Davidson said.
Tim’s co-workers instantly came together to support him.
“We’ve had some folks meeting with him making sure that they don’t have to make sure where their next meal is coming from and making sure that they know that we are praying for them and love them very much,” Davidson said.
Co-workers say Payne was much more than just Tim’s wife, she was like family.
“To lose someone like Stephanie, to think of not having that person in this world anymore, it saddens me,” Davidson said.
This isn’t the first tragedy in Payne’s life. In 2016 he lost his oldest daughter. Now less than three years later he has to bury his wife.
“I think there’s only that has gotten Tim this far and that’s Stephanie and Isabella and that’s their faith, their faith in God, and that’s what will keep him strong this go round as well,” Davidson said.
His co-workers say they will continue to support him and be there for him as long as he needs.