Gonzales resident holds balloon release to honor fallen officers

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Last week marked the one year anniversary of the ambush on law enforcement officials that killed three officers and wounded three more by an out of town gunman in Baton Rouge. Dozens of citizens gathered at the Baton Rouge Police headquarters to show their support and gratitude for the officers who lost their lives on July 17, 2016 

For Gonzales resident Gwendolyn Turner, attending the balloon release was important for her as she was present during the funeral last year, however she was unable to attend. Instead, she decided to hold her own balloon release.

Turner, along with her neighbor's two children, released three balloons into the air in her front yard, filled with bible verses.

"I decided to do something on my own," she said. "[A Gonzales police officer] is my neighbor and his wife works for the fire department. I don't know what I wold do without them. I get full when I think of him so I decided to do something to honor these three officers that was killed for no reason."

Turner made national headlines last year for her sign that read" If you need a hug I gotcha," a reference to fallen BRPD Officer Montrell Jackson's Facebook post.

"I had no idea that I was going to be in the paper. I just went [to the funeral] because I was touched and the officers from all over when they saw me with the sign they got out and was giving me a hug."