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Family, friends gather to celebrate Shunick


LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Family and friends celebrated the life of Mickey Shunick - the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who was kidnapped and killed in May - at a special event Saturday.

The Advertiser reports that City-Parish President Joey Durel announced he wants to dedicate a bike lane on a part of Bertrand Drive between the Horse Farm and University of Louisiana at Lafayette property as Mickey Shunick Way.

The announcement got a huge round of applause and cheers from those in attendance.

Shunick disappeared May 19 while she was riding her bicycle home from a friend's house.

Brandon Scott Lavergne, a convicted sex offender, eventually pleaded guilty to murdering Shunick, as well as Lisa Pate in 1999. Lavergne is now serving a life sentence at Angola.

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