Laplace residents rally to help in wake of shooting

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captureJust as fast as news of the shootings spread in St John Parish, neighbors there rallied to help.

Latter and Blum Realtors in Destrehan are collecting donations for fallen deputy Brandon Nielsen’s wife and five children.

Since Wendy Benedetto is close, she`s spearheading the donation campaign to provide immediate needs, “Food or drinks or anything. Anything is welcomed. I`m going to take everything over to her at the end of each day so that she can enjoy it.”

Drop off donations for the Nielsen family at Latter and Blum in Destrehan during business hours.

Thursday, every station at the Blood Center in Laplace was occupied by people wanting to help.

The Blood Center is extending their hours.

There will also be a blood drive Friday at the sheriff’s office from 11am to 6pm.