If you know something, say something

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Katrina Augusta, mother of 15-year-old Brandon Augusta who was murdered, mourns the death of her young son at a candle light vigil in Louisiana Square Park last week.

If you know something, say something. That’s the motto that rang on Friday night at Louisiana Square park as a large crowd gathered for a candle light vigil in memory of 15-year-old Brandon Augusta who was found dead on Aug. 14.

Brandon Augusta was reported missing on Aug. 10 and had last been seen with friends the previous evening. On Aug. 18, the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office identified the missing teen as the body it had found on Aug. 14.

While the Sheriff’s Office has not released a cause of death, it has said the youth suffered a traumatic head injury. After details gotten out, the Augusta family and Donaldsonville community rallied together.

Katrina Augusta, Brandon’s mother, said Friday night she’s not usually a public speaker but she speaks now on behalf of her son.

“My son did not deserve what happened to him,” Katrina Augusta said in tears. “He was only 15 years old.”

Katrina Augusta said to all the kids that are out there to get along with one another.

“It didn’t have to take this to happen,” Katrina Augusta said, referring to the death of her son. “I believe in my heart that it happened for a reason and is an act of God to bring this community together. We need to come together as one.”

Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan said it is with a very heavy heart that he thanks those who came out to show support and love to the Augusta family, and added Donaldsonville has been hit with many blows in a very recent month.

“This is the most devastating blow that we have had,” Mayor Sullivan said. “We have to band together, we have to stick together, we have to do everything possible to make sure this family can have closure and the only way they are going to have closure is by the situation coming to completion.”

“My words to you, if you know something, say something.”

Rev. Charles Brown, Sr., Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Donaldsonville where the funeral services were held on Saturday, spoke encouraging words to the Augusta family and to the community.

“What the devil meant for evil, God meant it for good,” Brown said. “We don’t want Brandon Augusta’s death to be in vein. If you want to do something parents, give your children back to God.”

Brown encouraged the parents to not just drop their kids off at a church, but to go with them to church and pray with them.

“The enemy is attacking our community, but you have to know the enemy is already defeated,” Brown said. “If we are going to stop the violence, we have to open our mouths and say something.”

While the family and community continue to mourn, the APSO is continuing to investigate the case.

“We are following leads at this time, but we do encourage those who may have information on this to come forth and can do so anonymously and a $2,500 reward is available through Crimestoppers,” the APSO said.