BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — It’s been almost two weeks since 21-year-old Allison Rice was killed. For family and friends, it’s been two weeks of heartbreak and lifting each other’s spirits.
Baton Rouge Police say Allison was shot and killed while sitting in her car on Government Street on September 16th.
LSU’s campus was packed on Thursday for a candlelight vigil to honor Allie’s life. All gathering with one message, ‘Live like Allie.’
“The way she lit up a room, that’s what always stuck in my head,” said Paul Rice, father.
Paul Rice says when he says ‘Live like Allie,’ he means he wants everyone to take a step back and ask themselves, “Are you living a life people will remember, like how everyone remembers his daughter?”
“Just kind of calling for a change in all of us to have a positive impact on everybody,” he said.
LSU President Tate Williams says he sends his deepest condolences to the family. He says he’s proud of the student Allie was and come graduation she will get a degree.
“Makes me proud as a parent that you know I was part of raising this great child with her mother,” he said.
While the family waits on answers about what happened, Rice says he is calling on the people of Baton Rouge to end the ongoing gun violence.
“You know change has to start somewhere. To me, that starts with our culture,” said Rice.
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.