Balloon Release Honors Shooting Victim in Bogalusa High School Tragedy

Published 4:49 pm Monday, January 15, 2024

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BOGALUSA, La. — In a poignant tribute to the 14-year-old Deryon “Red” Jackson, a victim of the recent shooting incident at Bogalusa High School, friends, family, and community members gathered for a heartfelt balloon release ceremony. The event, held on Monday, Jan. 15, saw attendees releasing red, white, and gold balloons into the sky, symbolizing unity, remembrance, and hope.

Deryon “Red” Jackson

Dressed in solemn red attire, participants joined together in prayer, reflecting on the tragic loss that occurred on Jan. 11. Acting District Attorney Collin Sims and acting assistant chief of police Troy Tervalon were present at the ceremony, showing solidarity with the grieving community.

The balloon release took place as the Bogalusa Police Department (BPD) announced significant progress in the ongoing investigation into the shooting incident. The incident, which unfolded during a basketball game, resulted in the death of a 14-year-old and the injury of a 13-year-old.

In a press release issued on Monday, Jan. 15, the BPD detailed extensive efforts to identify and apprehend individuals connected to the incident. The swift actions of law enforcement led to the arrest of a 16-year-old juvenile, facing charges including First Degree Murder and attempted murder, among other firearm offenses.

The BPD’s dedication to justice also resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old JaMichael Spikes and 18-year-old Caleb Moss, both facing charges related to the incident. Additional arrest warrants have been secured, indicating an ongoing pursuit of justice.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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