The University of Louisiana-Lafayette football team's helmets this season will feature decals honoring the victims of the July movie theater shooting that took place in Lafayette.
The stickers, which will read “Lafayette Strong,” will pay tribute to the 11 people who were wounded and two who died as a result of the July 23 shooting during a screening of the movie Trainwreck. The shooter also died following the attack.
The square decals will show an outline of the state of Louisiana filled with an Acadiana flag design. Yard signs with similar designs have been placed throughout Lafayette.
Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth spoke to the media Wednesday during the team's annual Media Day:
“I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this community, because of the way this community has rallied in the last few weeks since the horrible tragedy. ...The community support and what I saw at Cajun Field, and now what I see driving home every day, with all the Lafayette Strong signs out in the community — it’s unbelievable. ...So I’m very proud to be a part of this community, and our team feels the same way.”
The Cajuns will play their first game of the season on Sept. 5 against Kentucky.
- Erin Flynn