PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) — It was a small and intimate balloon release, the Southern University community is mourning the loss of one of their athletes, Arlana Miller.

“It’s just absolutely, just shocking,” said MyKayla Reid, a senior cheerleader at Southern University.

On May 4th, family members, friends and Southern University were exposed to some viral and shocking news.

“I think this was an experience that none of us were expected to have,” said Reid.

Miller, a freshman cheerleader, lost sight of being that cheerful leader… After her family was concerned about her whereabouts, she was found in the Mississppi River, unresponsive.

Miller wrote in a farewell Instagram post, “May this day bring me rest and peace.” With May being Mental and Behavorial Awareness month, the month that ended her suffering, but brought awareness to others.

“Now that it’s happened to someone we were close to, it’s given us more awarness, of how we really need to be united as a team as a squad,” said Reid.

Family and friends gathered to release blue, silver and gold balloons. Releasing the pain and trying to figure out how to move forward.

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