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Foundation created to help families of slain St. John deputies


Kenner, LA -- The New Orleans Metropolitan area continues to show support for the families of the two St. John Deputies that were ambushed back in August of 2012.

Today, members of one law enforcement family gave the families a generous donation.

It's been five months of loss and heartache for families of St. John Parish Deputies, Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche, who were ambushed and killed in the line of duty.

"It's probably been the longest five months of my life," says Widow, Misty Triche.

"The days well, just trying to find a sense of normalcy is difficult," says widow Danielle Nielsen.

Gloria Gonzales, understands all to well their grief. Her husband, Commander, Octavio Gonzales was killed in the line of duty in back in 2006.

"He worked in St. John as a deputy same parish as the officers who were shot and injured," says Gonzales.

After her husband was killed she created the Octavio Gonzales Memorial Foundation to help families of slain law enforcement officers get through the tough financial times.

Members of the Memorial Foundation gathered for a moment of silence at Muss Bertolino Playground in Kenner and to give a $30,000 donation to the two St. John deputies widow's to help with the finical burden the families they now face.

"We both lost a full salary we both have kids to take care of yes, we both have jobs, but it's still very difficult to make it on one salary now, and when you have a house and car," says Triche.

Five months after loosing their husbands both families are preparing for the trials of the six suspects accused in the shooting.

"Now the trial is going to be starting and so it's kind of like reliving that day. We have to be strong we have kids," says Nielsen.

Members of the Octavio Gonzales Memorial Foundation also host an annual baseball tournament to help raise funds for the families of slain law enforcement officers.

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