Baton Rouge: Remembering Matthew Gerald, Brad Garafola, Montrell Jackson
It was supposed to be an ordinary Sunday shift for three policemen at the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Station, until tragedy struck. Families and friends of the officers spoke about how special the slain officers were as fathers, husbands, and friends to many.Advertisement
While the entire country mourns the death of the officers while on duty, the victims, identified as Matthew Gerald, Brad Garafola, and Montrell Jackson, were remembered by their families and friends. To those who knew the victims, their deaths were not only a big blow to the East Baton Rouge police, but a lost that will surely change the lives of their families.
Messages of condolences flooded the Facebook account of Dechia Badeaux Gerald, wife of Matthew. Dechia, a special education teacher at the Maurepas High School, updated her cover photo showing his husband’s picture, which drew several messages of comfort for the Gerald family.
Tonja Garafola described her husband as a dependable man. In fact, she told The Advocate that the entire community looked up to him with respect, and their entire street depend on him. Her husband also had a reputation in their neighborhood as someone who does so many things, she added.
“He loved staying outside and fixing things. Besides the Sheriff’s Office, that was his passion. He loved us so much. He was always bragging about his family. He was a great guy. Not just a great law enforcement, he was a great husband and a great father. He didn’t deserve this. He always helped everybody,” Tonja was quoted as saying by The Advocate.
A prayer vigil was scheduled for the three police officers on Monday, July 18 at around 8-10 p.m. CDT. A fundraising drive has also been set for the family of the killed cops.