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Community celebration to honor Mickey Shunick will take place Sept. 29

Monday, September 3, 2012 - 2:02pm

A community celebration honoring the life of Mickey Shunick will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The public celebration will be held at Parc International in Lafayette and will include live music performances, a public bike ride and the placement of a ghost bike. The event will begin at noon.

“The Shunick family wants to emphasize that this is truly a celebration in every sense of the word, as well as a show of thanks to everyone in our community who helped to bring Mickey home,” a post reads on the Find Mickey Shunick Now Facebook page. “A public art wall will be on display.”

Mickey Shunick, 21, went missing on Saturday, May 19, 2012. Later that same day the Find Mickey Shunick Now Facebook page was created and a social media storm erupted, propelling the case to a national spotlight. Volunteer groups and search parties sought clues for months. Police say a massive amount of tips to the hotline is what helped push the case to its conclusion.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, Brandon Lavergne confessed to killing Shunick and showed Police where her body was located. It was part of a plea deal. He also confessed to the murder of Lisa Pate.

After months of turmoil, the mystery of what happened to Mickey Shunick ended. Now, the community will come together to honor her and find closure for a tragedy that struck so close to so many.

“The Community Celebration to Honor Mickey Shunick will begin with several friends sharing their memories of Mickey. City-Parish President Joey Durel will speak and the family and friends will recognize law enforcement officers, volunteers, donors, university officials, the district attorney’s office, Equusearch, Special K9s and our community as a whole for this incredible effort and outpouring of love to the Shunick family,” the online public notice, continued. “Finally, the Shunick Family will give a personal statement to the community.”

All elements of the memorial are based on Mickey’s personal interests. Not only was she an avid music fan, but she was also a cycling enthusiast.

“Three of Mickey Shunick's favorite local bands [will perform]. Whole Damn Town will perform first at 1:30 p.m., followed by imagineIAM at 2:30 p.m., and close with Rareluth at 3:45 p.m. The Community Celebration to Honor Mickey Shunick will culminate at 5:00 p.m. with a public bike ride following the route Mickey took the morning of May 19.”

Riders are encouraged to bring their own bicycles to join in the ride. At its conclusion a “ghost bike” will be placed at the end of St. Landry Street as a tribute to Mickey.

“This day will honor Mickey’s life and her impact on this community. This brave, young woman inspired us to action and we want her legacy to be that which will continue to inspire love and kindness toward one another,” says Barbara Alexander, friend of the Shunick family.

To contribute art to the public art wall or to volunteer the day of the celebration, please contact celebratemickey@gmail.com.

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