HAPPENING TODAY: Residents vow to form 'human barrier' against theater funeral protesters

HAPPENING TODAY: Residents vow to form 'human barrier' against theater funeral protesters
Residents vow to form ‘human barrier’ to ward off theater funeral protestors

Funeral services are planned Monday for the two women shot and killed Thursday inside of a Lafayette movie theater.

In the wake of the shooting, the Westboro Baptist Church indicated plans to protest the funeral. The church says they consider the mass shooting to be "an act of God" in retaliation for various sins.

Thousand of Lafayette residents have promised to form a "human wall" to block protestors. A Facebook group was created to organize the barrier. More than 14,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they would participate.

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Man accused in 2013 abduction, stabbing death of 6-year-old to appear in court

A man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl in 2013 and dumping her body in a garbage bin will appear in court Monday morning.

Matthew Flugence, 21, is accused in the abduction and stabbing death of Ahlittia North. North went missing on July 13, 2013. Following a frantic three-day search, investigators found the 6-year-old's body in a trash bin near her family's Harvey apartment.

Jefferson Parish prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Flugence, who authorities say allegedly sexually abused the child before stabbing her behind a row of apartments on Destrehan Avenue in Harvey. Flugence pleaded not guilty, saying that the 6-year-old seduced him, our partners at Nola.com/The Times Picayune report.

Flugence had family ties with the North. His uncle was her stepfather, according to investigators.

A status hearing will take place on Monday.

A dry and hot start to the week

Over the weekend we had a few spotty storms that brought heat relief in some areas.

Those that saw rain saw temperatures drop a good 10-15 degrees. Those that did not saw temperatures hover in the mid 90s throughout the daytime hours.

Monday through Wednesday, the upper high that has brought hot and dry weather most of July will move back in from the west and that means sinking air that will make it difficult for any showers to develop.

Without the showers and clouds, temperatures are expected to soar once again.

Look for partly cloudy skies and temperatures starting out in the upper 70s to lower 80s in coastal areas warming into the middle and upper 90s again for the afternoon.

Use full heat precautions taking breaks if you have to work outdoors and drinking plenty of hydrating fluids.

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