Family remembers woman killed while walking on Carmel Drive, raises funds for funeral

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Shantel Simpson would do anything for her family, especially her four children and husband.

When she left her home on Jan. 7, she walked down Carmel Drive to pick up a few last-minute items for dinner, her sister April Simpson said.

While on her way home, groceries in hand, Shantel Simpson was hit by two separate cars and later died in a Lafayette hospital, police said.

Family and friends gathered Thursday night in the parking lot of the shopping center at the corner of Carmel Drive and Louisiana Avenue.

They wore purple - Simpson's favorite color - and lit candles in her memory. They prayed for healing and comfort.

"She was loved," April Simpson said during the vigil that filled the parking lot.

Family and friends gather on Jan. 13, 2022 to remember Shantel "Tellie" Simpson who was killed after being hit by two cars while she was trying to cross Carmel Drive in Lafayette.
Family and friends gather on Jan. 13, 2022 to remember Shantel "Tellie" Simpson who was killed after being hit by two cars while she was trying to cross Carmel Drive in Lafayette.

The family has set up a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral costs and any extra money will be given to Shantel Simpson's children - ages 12, 9, 7 and 5 - who the 30-year-old was determined to see go to college, April Simpson said.

"If it wasn't about her children and her husband, nothing else mattered," she said. "Her children, just keep them in your prayers."

Shantel Simpson, affectionately known as "Tellie," was stubborn, the life of the party and loved to joke around, her sister said. She was the youngest of her four sisters and would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need.

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Shantel Simpson married her childhood sweetheart six months ago. They were together for more than 15 years before exchanging their vows.

Shantel Simpson's wedding is April Simpson's favorite memory with her sister. Shantel Simpson wasn't the type to get dressed up and told her sister she would be happy getting married in a robe and slippers so long as her children and future husband were there.

But April Simpson fussed with her younger sister, making sure her hair and makeup were done before she put on her wedding dress.

"When she saw herself, she fell in love," April Simpson said. "I think that was a favorite memory for a lot of people."

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This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: Family starts GoFundMe for woman killed walking on Carmel Drive

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