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Louisiana Teen Needs Funds For Facial Repairs After Brutal Gas Station Attack

| by Mackenzie Fleming

A Louisiana teen needs money to pay for facial reconstruction and dental work after being attacked at a Louisiana gas station. Jessica Byrnes-Laird, of Haughton, Louisiana said she was at the A&Y Quick Stop over the weekend when she was hit in the face with a brass pipe, leaving her with extensive and expensive injuries. 

At about 9 p.m. on July 26, after a day spent swimming, Byrnes-Laird and her boyfriend Jared Pelletier took a trip to a gas station in the MLK neighborhood or Shreveport, Louisiana. Still wearing her bathing suit from the day, the teen was approached by a group of men as she waited in the car while Pelletier was inside the convenience store. 

Pelletier returned from buying cigarettes to find the group making vulgar remarks toward his girlfriend. 

“I walk out of the station and there’s these guys staring at (Byrnes-Laird) saying sexual comments,” Pelletier said.

A fight quickly ensued,  and Byrnes-Laird found herself in the middle. When the couple tried to drive away, they said someone just out of view of a surveillance camera, threw a metal pipe through the open passenger window, KTBS reported. 

“One of them picked up a brass rod and threw it through the passenger side and hit me in the face,” Byrnes-Laird recalled. “I looked down and saw my teeth in my hand and I immediately gushed blood.”

The Shreveport Police Department is examining the surveillance video and trying to find the attackers. Police said at least four people were involved in the incident and they do have a few leads, according to ArkLaTex. 

"There's a little bit of fear, honestly, because going through this make you realize how delicate life is, and you never know what can happen," 18-year-old Byrnes-Laird said. "Things happen so suddenly, without warning."

Since the night, her boyfriend’s mother has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover expenses of Byrnes-Laird’s dental bills.

According to her GoFundMe page, Jessica Byrnes Facial Repair Fund, 12 of her front teeth were damaged, half of her top lip was ripped from her face, and she is in need of at least four tooth implants. Each implant costs about $2,000, according to Jessica Byrnes Facial Repair Fund.

Source: KTBS, ArkLaTex, GoFundMe / Photo credit: GoFundMe

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