Lanus family grieves loss of young siblings


Daylon Wade Lanus "Duce," 6, passed away peacefully with his sister, Saria Dajah’nique, on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24 in Prairieville. The two siblings were killed while fishing with their dad, David Lanus, 30, and other relatives in a bayou along Bluff Road when a sport utility vehicle went off the highway, down the embankment and into the group of fishers.

Shawnette B. Taylor, 47, of Prairieville was the driver of that vehicle, and according to Louisiana State Trooper Spokesman Jared Sandifer, she has not been arrested or cited as of July 4, and added the accident remains under investigation.

However for the Lanus family, time moved on to the funeral services and burial of the two young siblings on Saturday, July 5 at First Pilgrim Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Geismar.

According to Daylon’s obituary, he enjoyed playing with his siblings and the neighborhood kids.

“He loved to be ‘The Boss,’” the obituary read. “He excelled in school and was often referred to as a Baby Genesis.”

Daylon also enjoyed sports. He was a star baseball player and played football as well. Most of all, Daylon enjoyed fishing and going to work with his devoted father.

“His life was a gift to us that will cherish forever in our hearts,” the obituary read.

Sarai made an impact at school where she excelled in her studies, according to her obituary. She was a devoted friend who enjoyed helping other students. She also enjoyed extracurricular activities, such as singing, dancing, cheerleading and acting.

“She touched so many lives and was loved deeply by everyone,” the obituary read. “Her life was a gift to us that will live forever in our hearts.”