BRUSLY, La. (BRPROUD)–Hundreds of people gathered to remember Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill on the Brusly football field, where the two best friends created the fondest of memories.
“They’re going to be missed so much,” said Jennifer Perkins, coach of Brusly High’s cheer team. “This team will never be the same without them.”
On Monday, the school held a candlelight vigil in honor of the two students and shared memories of the pair.
Perkins said, “Caroline… her infectious smile. She has the biggest smile, and on Friday nights she was always so loud.”
Assistant Coach Janae Montgomery said, “If I could tell Maggie one more thing, it would be that I love you. I’m going to always be there for your family. I’m really close with your sister, you’re like another little sister.”
It was shortly after noon on New Year’s Eve when the teens were killed in a Brusly area crash on LA 1. The fatal collision involved an officer of the law. Addis Police Officer David Cauthron was in pursuit of Tyquel Zanders, a suspect accused of stealing a car in East Baton Rouge Parish, when Cauthron’s vehicle became involved in the crash that led to the deaths of both teenagers.
Caroline’s brother, Liam was in the back seat of the car during the collision, and as of Monday, he is fighting to stay alive at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.
Both Cauthron and Zanders have been arrested. The officer is charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injury.
Jarrett Ambeau represents Caroline’s family. He says the family wants accountability.
“Completely and absolutely innocent lives were lost,” he said. “Did they follow their procedure? Did they follow the procedure that they have in place in order to make the right call to pursue someone? And whether or not to pursue someone at high speed?”
The coaches cherish one of their last memories with the two teens, celebrating Christmas as a team.
“All of us, together, in that moment, I’m going to take that with me forever,” said Montgomery.
“These girls spent so much time together,” said Perkins. “It’s not just any team or sport, we truly are a family.”
Brusly High will host a blood drive for Liam from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5.