Mother of slain SU student holds rally at Capitol

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#SheMatters and #JusticeforTaeBae graced the signs for LaShuntae Benton on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol. 
 
“Every day, every day that I live without my child, you know, I miss my child,” said Theresa Tillman, Benton’s mother.  
 
Benton and fellow Southern University Student Annette January died in the crossfire of a gunfight at an apartment complex near LSU. 
 
“I just hope I can actually stop the next parent from suffering with what I had to suffer because it flipped my life upside-down. I mean, completely,” said Tillman. “Now, I have to have a new normal. I have to figure out a new normal.”  
 
Tillman wants justice for her daughter, since no one has been charged yet in her death. 
 
“I don’t think you should have to wait to figure it out because you’re killing innocent people,” said Tillman. “My daughter was a college student along with Annette doing the right thing, and they lost their lives. We have to figure out between two people who decided to shoot, and who did what.” 
 
Benton’s family came down from Lake Charles to rally and to send a message. Tillman said even though her daughter is gone, she doesn’t want another parent to have to go through the same pain. 
 
“I think we’ve gotten away from how valuable life is, that we just don’t consider that lives matter. All lives, and I’m just saying anybody. You should think before you take action violently,” concluded Tillman. 
 
Benton and January were shot and killed April 10th at The Cottages apartment complex. Right now, police are still trying to pin down who’s gun caused the 19-year-olds’ deaths. Again, the investigation is ongoing. 
 

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