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Prayers for Critically Shot Comeaux High School Athlete

Lafayette – Loved ones have gathered in Lafayette to send prayers to the teen who was critically shot in an armed robbery over the weekend.

Among the dozens, family, classmates and friends quietly filed our lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center’s back parking lot praying for 17-year-old Matthew Carter.
The Comeaux High School athlete was critically shot this past weekend in an armed robbery.

While dressed in school hoodies and shirts, they curled up next to each other for support – showing Carters’ sister mother, and father support, as well.
with a prayer and remembrance, a couple of friends suggest Matthew is supportive and puts everyone at ease with his friendly smile and words.

“His family – they need all the love and support that they can get right now,” says Comeaux High junior, Hope Fishburn. “Especially prayer and I’m glad we could all come together and do this for them. Matthews having a really hard time right now, but he’s a fighter.”

“I remember one time, I was going through a lot and he would see me in the hallway, and he would see me in the hallway every day and push my chin up and be like Ashlynn, keep your head up. it’s going to be okay,” explains Ashlynn Lefevre, also a junior at Comeaux.

Teachers of Matthews saying though a tall and talented athlete, he had such a heart of gold.

“So, if I can’t reach something, he’ll help me to do all that but he’s kindhearted he’ll help anyone.”

Other classmates claim Matthew excelled at sports and academics, while remaining humble about his accomplishments. Comeaux High’s Football Coach Jack Franks II also stopping by with Matthew’s jersey in hand, hopes for a speedy recovery.

“This is why we’re here – this young man wore this jersey for four years and his number symbolizes him and he’s fighting for his life and we’re here to pay our respect for who he is and we just pray for the best for him and his family,” says Franks.

Police have arrested a 13 and 14-year-old boy were arrested and booked with attempted first-degree murder, in this case.