Posted: Feb 10, 2011 7:17 PM by Carolyn Cerda
Updated: Feb 10, 2011 7:18 PM
Two men are now behind bars, charged with first degree murder. This, three months after the murder took place. It was November 6, 2010 when a patrolling Lafayette police officer found 43 year old Thomas Jolivette's body. It was dumped in an alley near a dumpster behind the Piggly Wiggly on University Avenue.
Wednesday, Police arrested 29 year old Wesley Monroe, Jr. And 18 year old Jermain Ason. Cpl. Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police says Monroe is connected to another burglary in October of 2010. He says, police are still looking for other possible suspects in connection with the homicide.
Meantime, the arrests are bringing some closure to Jolivette's family. His mother, Theresa Jolivette, says she's still haunted by where her son was found.
"There was a garbage back there. That's where they put my child like he's garbage. That's what hurts me the most. I'll have to die with that."
Theresa Jolivette says she's still trying to hold on to the memories of her son. Thomas was the youngest of her five children. But, Theresa says he was the one who took car of her and her husband.
"He worked on the yard. He dusted my furniture. That's what I'll miss the most. I can't dust the way I used to."
Jolivette says her son didn't deserve to die. She says he was taken from his family and friends, too soon.
"My baby was so good to me. He's not there no more. What do you do? You go visit his grave."
The car his attackers dumped in a coulee still sits in Theresa's driveway.
"I don't go by that truck anymore. It's too painful. Every time I go around that corner, I think he's waiting on me."