IRVINGTON, Ala. - Lam Luong's surprise announcement in court Thursday got the Bayou community talking. The images of crews tirelessly searching for the four children of Lam Luong will never be shaken from the minds of many Irvington residents.
"To know these kids were in that water, it's heart-touching," said John Baird, who lives next door to the family.
"It crosses my mind when I go to Dauphin Island," added neighbor Jan Isham, who lives across the street. "You're thinking how can this happen; why would this happen?"
Neighbors of the family said the legal process has been long, but necessary.
"They got to get all their P's and Q's in a row," said Baird. "Make sure they make it stick. One little error and he could get off. He needs to get what he deserves."
Baird said what Luong deserves, is more than the death penalty. "To me, that's not enough. He took four kids' lives and we can only take his life but once. He's got to answer for what he did."
Neighbors said Luong's guilty plea in court is a step towards closure for the events that transpired January 7th, 2008.
"I'm glad there's some sort of closure. No real answers, for the family, but hopefully they'll be healed. For the family, the community to the whole Gulf Coast because from Florida all the way to Louisiana, everyone was searching," said Isham.
Baird added, "This family deserves some closure, but it's still gonna haunt them for the rest of their lives no matter what."
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