Cross for Allie Rice vandalized second time

The latest vandalism of Allie’s roadside memorial just feels like a slap in the face to Allie’s memory and to our family. ~ Allison Rice’s Father

For the second time, a cross put up at the site where Allison Rice was shot and killed, has been vandalized.

It happened Sept. 16, 2022 on Government St. around 2:20am. Allison Rice, an LSU senior, was waiting on the train to finish crossing when she was shot at nearly 10 times.

That weekend, Rice’s family went to Government St. and put up two crosses, left notes and Allie’s favorites of Cheetos and Dr. Pepper. The next day, the cross was missing. It, along with everything but the flowers left at the site, was all stolen.

That’s when Rice’s work family at the Shed BBQ decided to replace the stolen cross with a five-foot cross and put it much higher on the utility pole so it would not get stolen.

Now though, that cross too was broken.

“It’s like they’re taunting the family & BRPD like, ‘Look at what all we can get away with’,” said Shed BBQ owner Chez Ciccone.

“The latest vandalism of Allie’s roadside memorial just feels like a slap in the face to Allie’s memory and to our family,” said Rice’s father Paul Rice. “After the first incident, it affected a lot of people and the community and friends rallied in response by putting up new crosses and bringing even more flowers and mementos. Now, it’s all gone except a piece of the cross that the Shed built. It feels to me like we are all being taunted…Allie, our family, the community, who is still mourning and devastated, and our police system is being taunted and they keep getting away with it. But we are a resilient group, and we will keep rebuilding and continue to honor Allie while we wait for justice.”

Ciccone said they refuse to give up and they will again, replace the cross and go even higher on the utility pole.

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