Girlfriend Of DeJuan Guillory Seeks Help Following Fatal Police Shooting

DeQuince Brown was arrested after witnessing the murder of her boyfriend, DeJuan Guillory. 

DeQuince Brown is seeking help after witnessing a police officer fatally shoot her boyfriend, DeJuan Guillory.

Guillory, 27, sadly became the latest hashtag in the ongoing plight of police brutality Jul. 6 when he was shot by Evangeline Parish deputy Paul LeFleur. The incident happened when the Louisiana couple were approached by LeFleur while on their all-terrain vehicle in the early morning. When they weren't able to produce their ID's (they reportedly didn't want to lose them while riding the vehicles and taking part in frog hunting), LeFleur got into a verbal altercation with Guillory. After an alleged shoving match, Guillory and Brown laid on the ground when LeFluer fired four shots. It isn't known how many hit Guillory, but the father of three was pronounced dead after arriving at a local hospital.

Accounts of what happened were disputed by police, who arrested Brown for attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, The Times Picayune reports. While police claim Brown tried to grab LeFluer's gun after the shooting, Brown and her lawyer Joe Long claim the 21-year-old jumped on the officer's back and bit his neck, in an attempt to stop the shooting.

"Guillory was on the ground, on his belly, his hands behind his back, and the officer had a gun trained at Guillory’s back, maybe a foot or two from Guillory’s body," Long told Pen Point News investigative reporter Daniel Banguell. "They were still arguing back and forth but Guillory was on the ground as directed. His hands were behind his back. He was not resisting. All of a sudden, a shot rang out."

After the shooting, Brown called for help on the officer's handheld radio. After waiting for ten minutes, paramedics arrived to the scene and reportedly didn't use any revival practices on Guillory.

According to The Root, Gulliory worked two jobs and was on the right track after a previous arrest. Described as a good father and a kind person, his family accused the Evangeline Parish police department for digging up Gulliory's past to paint a supportive image of LeFluer.

"You see it with other people and you try to support other people, but when it comes down to you and it's your blood, the feeling... you really can't explain it," his cousin Allen Prevost told reporters. The department has released several statements about the incident and claimed to have footage of the shooting. Brown's lawyer also told reporters that he was informed there was no footage of the incident.

Brown was jailed for five days is seeking help for legal fees. So far, just over $11,000 has been raised for her $50,000 goal.

"All praises to God for being the ultimate provider for both my family and Dejuan's family during this difficult time," Brown wrote on crowdfunding site, CrowdJustice. "I trusted not on my own understanding, but his to guide me through the darkness. I am grateful for his mercy. I am a firm believer that faith plus work delivers results."

Check out her CrowdJustice page here.

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Pays Tribute To His Late Father Rocky “Soulman” Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's father was his hero.

The Jumanji star paid emotional tribute to his late father, WWE hall of famer, Rocky “Soulman” Johnson, in wake of the 75-year-old former wrestler's sudden death last week.

“I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way through this world,” Dwayne wrote last Friday (Jan. 17). “I was the boy sitting in the seat, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar.

“Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. I’m in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally,I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease.”

“I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son,” he wrote in closing.

In an additional post thanking fans for their support, Dwayne revealed that his father died from a “massive heart attack,” brought on by a blood clot.

Rocky was born in Canada on Aug. 24, 1944. He began wrestling at 16 years old, and launched his professional wrestling career a few years later. Following his pro debut, the then budding wrestler legally changed his name from Wayde Douglas Bowles to his wrestling moniker, “Rocky Johnson.”

Over his career Rocky earned numerous championships, including the National Wrestling Alliance Georgia Champion, and a NWA Southern Heavyweight Memphis Champions.

He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1969 and formed “The Soul Patrol” with wrestling partner, Tony Atlas. The duo made history as the WWF’s first ever black World Tag Team champions.

Following his retirement in the ‘80s, Rocky began training his son, Dwayne, who went on to joint the WWF as “The Rock,” a nod to his father’s name. Besides Dwayne, the wrestling legend also had two older children, a daughter, Wanda, and son, Curtis.

Read Dwayne's full post below.

 

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I love you. You broke color barriers, became a ring legend and trail blazed your way thru this world. I was the boy sitting in the seats, watching and adoring you, my hero from afar. The boy you raised to always be proud of our cultures and proud of who and what I am. The boy you raised with the toughest of love. The intense work. The hard hand. The adoring boy who wanted to know only your best qualities. Who then grew to become a man realizing you had other deeply complicated sides that needed to be held and understood. Son to father. Man to man. That’s when my adoration turned to respect. And my empathy turned to gratitude. Grateful that you gave me life. Grateful you gave me life’s invaluable lessons. Dad, I wish I had one more shot to tell you, I love you, before you crossed over to the other side. But you were ripped away from me so fast without warning. Gone in an instant and no coming back. Im in pain. But we both know it’s just pain and it’ll pass. Now I’ll carry your mana and work ethic with me, as it’s time to move on because I have my family to feed and work to accomplish. Finally, I want you to rest your trailblazing soul, Soulman. Pain free, regret free, satisfied and at ease. You lived a very full, very hard, barrier breaking life and left it all in the ring. I love you dad and I’ll always be your proud and grateful son. Go rest high. #ripsoulman #rockyjohnson 🐐

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