The shooting at the Grand Theatre on Thursday shook the community of Lafayette, but the mayor says the city will recover.
City-Parish Joey Durel says he was proud with how Lafayette united over the tragedy but not surprised.
Residents have pulled together for fundraisers and vigils to show their support for the victims.
Durel says through this tough time it’s important for people to return to a daily routine as soon as they can.
The mayor also asked the owners of the Grand Theater to reopen as soon as they can.
He thinks that other than a return to normalcy, time will play the biggest role in helping Lafayette mend its broken heart.
“Families were devastated, trauma was experienced unlike anyone could probably even think of but healing is to acknowledge that and not forget that.” said Durel.
“Probably one of the best ways to heal is to do everything you can to help them heal.”
Lafayette Consolidated Government has also organized a community-wide healing event this Thursday at Blackham Coliseum on Johnston St.
The event begins at 7pm and is open to the public.