Mayci Breaux, one of the two women killed in the Louisiana theater shooting Thursday night left behind a grieving family. Her mom says, “I lost one of my best friends.”
The 21-year-old woman was planning on marrying longtime boyfriend Matthew Rodriguez, her family says. However, on Thursday, a deranged gunman stormed the movie theater in which the couple was watching Trainwreck and killed her along with another female victim. Rodriguez was also injured in the shooting.
Mayci Breaux often talked about getting married to her high school sweetheart and starting a family in the near future, but her life ended tragically when 59-year-old John Russell Houser, entered the Grand Theater in Lafayette. Breaux and Rodriguez were sitting in the back of the theater near the gunman when he shot her and injured her boyfriend and 10 others, before turning the gun on himself.
Dondie Breaux told the New York Daily News she is devastated by her daughter’s senseless death and spoke of her relationship with Rodriguez.
“They were so good for each other. They had so many plans — just to get married, have kids. I think it would have been soon. I feel angry that she was right there in front of him. I feel just angry and lonely. I’m just heartbroken.
“I didn’t believe it. I didn’t want to believe it. I lost one of my best friends.”
Mayci Breaux’s mom said her daughter was studying to become a radiology technician, while she worked at a local clothing boutique to make a living. Mayci and Matthew grew up together, but their relationship didn’t become romantic until later on when she developed a huge crush on her longtime friend.
“I remember being in the car with her when he Facebook messaged her and freaking out,” she said. “He was that hot guy. She was so excited.”
The couple was living together in a small trailer in Lafayette, the city in which the Louisiana shooting took place. She was set to graduate in 2017 and their plan was to get married after that. Breaux’s sister, Ali, who turned 17 on Saturday, talked about the idyllic relationship Mayci and Matthew had.
“I always wanted what they had because it was just so great. They never fought. We talked about her wedding, how I’d be her maid of honor, about us having kids at the same time, how we’d all be close.
“They were going to wait until she graduated college. They never wanted to rush things. They were just happy to be with each other. They had a plan. I’m just sort of numb. It hasn’t really processed completely.”
According to her family, Mayci Breaux was a happy young woman, always lighting up a room with her kind heart and bright smile.
“I’m going to miss her cheering me up, talking some sense into me whenever I’m being a dumb teenager. I miss her honesty, her humor, her smile — everything about her,” a tearful Ali said of her late sister Mayci Breaux.
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