SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Caddo Middle Magnet students have turned 13-year-old Landry Anglin’s office into a memorial with loving notes and paper crafts she would have cherished as they mourned the loss of their slain classmate.
Landry died early Sunday afternoon, less than 90 minutes after a bullet from a rolling shootout pierced the walls of his Fairfield Avenue home in Shreveportin the South Highlands district, leaving her seriously injured.
This week students found different ways to try to deal with the sudden loss of a friend and witnessing a random act of violence. Whether it’s talking to counsellors, writing Landry letters, or creatively expressing their love with colorful paper flowers, butterflies, hearts, origami, and more.
“She would have admired the details of each craft, the words that were written to her and the time each child spent making her something special from a simple piece of paper,” said the English teacher. Angela Harrison Vinet in a Facebook post sharing the inspiration for the office memorial.
“I couldn’t bear to see his empty seat. It would push us everywhere to the edge of the abyss. We painted it white and the students will paint flowers for Landry all over the chair. It will be the most beautiful chair to represent the most beautiful soul.
“To know Landry was to love him,” Harrison Vinet said. She brought sunshine and smiles everywhere she went. Full of love. Lively. Full of kindness. Landry was a hug. She readily shared her joy and passion for life with others, which naturally drew people to her positive light. Not a day at school went by that Landry didn’t give me a hug. I called her “My darling daughter”. I love it. She is fiercely loved by her family, friends and teachers.
We are all devastated and broken by this loss. What makes each day bearable is that we are all together with the outpouring of love and support from SBC.
Hundreds showed up for Landry’s funeral Thursday afternoon at the Shreveport Convention Centermany of whom are classmates.
After the memorial service, Landry was laid to rest in a funeral service at the Centuries Memorial Home and Park on Mansfield Road.
Police have not made any arrests in connection with the shooting that claimed his life, but they say the investigation is ongoing.
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