The death of Marquita Wright sent shockwaves through the Beauregard Parish Community this past summer.

BPSO Deputy Marquita Wright left behind family, friends, and colleagues who miss her dearly, and want to honor her memory.

Wright was fatally shot at her home while returning from her shift. Authorities have since arrested Phil Oliver and charged him with second-degree murder.

February 11 would have been Wright’s 25th birthday. Her fiancé and the father of her children Christopher Bolton wants to use the day to honor her memory.

A balloon launch will be held at 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 at Veteran Park in DeRidder. The event is open for all in the community to attend.

It is a truly bittersweet moment for Bolton, as he said that the occasion brings both warm remembrance, and sorrow.

“It means the world to be able to honor her although it’s also very heartbreaking,” Bolton said. “To do it in a city that has shown nothing but love and respect to our families and has completely wrapped their arms around our three children means that I am forever grateful.”

He went on to express his thanks and to say that he has “never seen a city show this much love to one family.”

Bolton said he got the idea to do a balloon launch from another memorial event he attended for a fallen friend of his.

“I remember about a year and a half ago we came together and released balloons for my friend SSG Donisha Stroman and how beautiful it was to see the community rally around her family I just wanted to recreate that moment for Marquita because she deserves it,” he concluded.