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Family of Louisiana Technical College Shooting Victim Forgives Killer

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Karsheika Graves Karsheika Graves
Taneisha Butler Taneisha Butler
Latina Williams Latina Williams

(Baton Rouge, LA - WAFB) The family of one of the victims in the deadly Louisiana Technical College shooting says she forgives Latina Williams for killing their loved one. Karsheika Graves' family met face-to-face with Latina's mom this weekend. Karsheika's aunt says while it was difficult, they were relieved. She says she didn't want Latina's mother to live another day blaming herself for her daughter's actions.

"Her fiancé and I would have arguments because I wanted all of her time. So, for this mother not to know where her child was, don't let a moment go by that you don't tell a child you love them or know where they are." Those are the words Karlyn LeBlanc says she spoke to Latina Williams' mother, Jennie, on Sunday. LeBlanc is Karsheika Graves' aunt, who traveled to Mississippi, along with the rest of the family, to make funeral arrangements for her niece. LeBlanc says on her way there, a statement Jennie released to police that aired on 9NEWS Saturday night kept playing over and over in her head. It read, "I will be haunted to the end of my days by what my child has done."

"That disturbed me because I didn't want her to think I was angry with her, or that we have a grudge," LeBlanc says. LeBlanc says a mortician handling Karsheika's services was able to contact Jennie on the phone and arrange for them to meet. She says they had a conversation the family will never forget. "She started crying and said she was so sorry for what her daughter did to my niece. We got in one circle and prayed. This is one occasion where the devil will be defeated."

LeBlanc says she wants all those who were in that second floor classroom, who lived it, to remember that. Police say they're not sure they'll ever know what came over Latina Williams on that tragic day, but this family isn't blaming Latina for her actions. LeBlanc says they just wish someone would have seen the signs of what they believe was a very troubled young woman. "Someone should have caught this before this tragedy happened. She was a victim herself," LeBlanc says.

 

Funeral Arrangements

Karsheika Graves
Service: Saturday, February 16th at 10:00a.m.
St. Matthews Baptist Church
Roxie, Mississippi
People can make donations at any Campus Federal Bank under the Karsheika Graves Memorial Fund

Taneisha Butler
Visitation: Thursday, February 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Wesley's Mortuary - 23525 Livingstion St.
Plaquemine, LA
Service: Friday, February 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Great Hall
Burial following at Southern Memorial Gardens on Blount Rd.

Reporter:  Cheryl Mercedes, WAFB 9NEWS

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