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Funeral open to public: “Allie has become everyone’s daughter”

To help solve Allie’s murder, the owner’s of Shed’s BBQ are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest(s) & conviction(s) of the individual(s) involved in Allie’s murder

Funeral arrangements have been set for Allison Rice, lovingly called ‘Allie.’

Visitation: Tuesday, Sept. 20th

Ourso Funeral Home

13533 Airline Hwy. in Gonzales

5pm-8pm

A private family viewing is at 4pm

Wednesday, Sept. 21st

St. John Evangelist Catholic Church

15208 Hwy. 73 in Prairieville

Visitation continues at 10am-11:30am

A mass will begin at 11:30am. Allie will be laid to rest at Hope Haven Garden of Memory Cemetery in Prairieville.

It’s been an outpouring of support for Allison Rice’s family as they deal with one of the worst things they could ever imagine, losing their own child to a senseless crime.

“Right now, she’s everyone’s daughter, everyone’s niece, everyone’s cousin. She made a very big impact to people. Thank you from the bottom of the Rice family and her mother’s side of the family,” said Allie’s aunt Susie Rice Granier. “The support to my brother, we just can’t keep up with the messages. We thank you and love you so much to everyone.

Allie was always happy, always had a smile, was so bubbly and loved & hugged everybody. She had a lot of boy cousins so she was really the princess,” said Granier.

Since Allie’s tragic shooting death, Granier spoke out on her brother’s behalf describing how amazing of a niece she had.

“She loved her family, her extended family, step family, everybody. She was so outgoing and very smart. She was going to graduate marketing from LSU. She was about to get an internship but had not started yet,” said Granier. “She had so many friends. She did cheerleading and dancing. She won school spirit her senior year of high school.”

Granier recalled getting the worse news ever early Friday morning.

“My brother got a call about 4:45 am and a knock on the door that the coroner had her body. It’s a knock on the door or a phone call you never want to get. My brother called Allie’s mom and they both met with the officers.

My husband and I were on the way to Florida. We had just gotten to the stop sign when the phone rang from my sister-in-law at 5:30 am. I thought something happened to my brother at first. I didn’t believe it and had to ask her again. My husband and I just sat there and cried.

My brother told me to go tell our mom because he couldn’t do it,” recalled Granier.

“It’s frustrating, still frustrating. There’s so much speculation, not many facts or witnesses or anything. The hardest thing is knowing how scared she must have been to see this coming. That’s what crushes me the most. You never want that fear. You never want that to happen to anybody. I would be scared to death, everybody would and to have 10 shots fired at you for absolutely no reason makes no sense,” said Granier.

Granier said Allie did not want her friend leaving alone at 2am after working her shift at an establishment in mid-city. It’s why she stayed with her and when they left, Allie went to get some fries while her friend went to her own home and Allie was headed back to LSU. Unfortunately, Allie never made it home.

It’s why Granier is now making a plea to everyone, but especially to young adults in Baton Rouge.

“Don’t walk alone be it returning from anywhere day or night. Try to have a friend with you. I know it doesn’t always help but it can’t hurt. You shouldn’t be alone. You never think this is going to happen to you. You think you’re brave and strong but you never know,” said Granier.

As to moving forward and solving her niece’s murder, Granier said Baton Rouge has got to come together.

“We have to get a hand on gun control and make our city safe. We can’t be against the police department. We need to come together as a community. We don’t need any more stories like this. We don’t need any more of our children being killed. It’s enough. We have to support each other and just be there,” said Granier.

Since investigators appear to be at a loss of a motive, Allie’s employer at Shed’s BBQ is hoping someone can help.

It’s why owners at Shed’s BBQ Deborah & Chez Ciccone have announced they’re offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest(s) & conviction(s) of the individual(s) involved in Allie’s murder.

“She was a very, very loved part of our family and her dad is a part of our ownership. Allie lit up any room she went to and this has just been devastating,” said Ciccone.

Ciccone said Allie had just put in her two weeks notice for bartending at Shed, but it’s why Ciccone said she had just hired her as an assistant over their catering.

“She was still a part of our family and we want the perpetrators of this senseless and ridiculous crime found and hopefully convicted so we want to start this fund,” she said.

Plus, you can always call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 344-STOP.

If you would like to help towards funeral costs, the family is accepting Venmo to Susie Granier.

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