JonTerez Broussard: Louisiana Student Funeral Goes Viral, Family Hopes It Will Save Lives.
“All of my friends say that JonTerez is the patron saint of social media,” said Mary Broussard, the mother of JonTerez Broussard
JonTerez Broussard was a Louisiana college student who, like any other teen, wanted to go viral. Tragically, it happened after her death. Broussard didn’t get all the internet attention until her funeral on November 4th. Her mother Mary Broussard said, “All of my friends say that JonTerez is the patron saint of social media. It went viral. I say, ‘If anyone could achieve that from heaven, it would have been her.’ “
The 20-year-old, who was studying at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, reportedly died in late October after taking a recreational drug that she did not know contained fentanyl. Her devastated family then hosted a darkly humorous funeral for her that was shared on TikTok to keep her spirits alive. The funeral reportedly drew around ten million views and the family believe it will help save the lives of others. You can see the video here.
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JonTerez’s father, Bob Broussard, said, “Fentanyl-reinforced recreational drugs are a crisis affecting young people across the country. Our aim is to save lives and raise awareness among high school and college students at local, state and national levels of the presence and dangers of fentanyl in commonly used recreational drugs that were previously considered safe and non-lethal . “
Bob Broussard added, “That is our focus – saving lives – saving as many as possible, as quickly as possible. If JonTerez had benefited from this information, she would be alive today. Without doubt.”
November 13th was JonTerez’s 21st birthday, but her family celebrated it by burning dried flowers from their memorial service and eating at Central Pizza, which was also where they ate their favorite appetizer. After her death, her family continued to donate her organs as the tune of “Amazing Grace” echoed through the hospital. The organs reportedly saved the lives of four people.
Not only that, JonTerez inspired a UL professor to teach freshmen about the dangers associated with recreational drugs. Linda Fairchild, the professor, also distributed printed cards with instructions on recreational drugs to students in other classes. She said, “I just thought it was an urgent matter. We have to talk about this issue because it won’t go away ”before adding,“ I think it’s all about education. The more our students know, the better prepared they are. “
In the meantime, an obituary for JonTerez read: “JonTerez Antonia Broussard, beautiful daughter and little sister, was born on November 13, 2000. She was affectionately known as ‘JT’ by her friends and ‘JaJa’ by her family. JaJa was born a fearless fighter and walked with the same vitality. As an apostate like her ancestors, she was a self-determined authority who was infinitely passionate and tenacious to achieve what she wanted. “
JonTerez’s sister AnnMarie went to Instagram and wrote an emotional message while sharing pictures of her sister: “Yeah, my heart is shaken right now. I never thought I’d have to write this, especially now. This is the longest time we’ve been together without. I can’t imagine life without you or I don’t want to live at all. I can’t say enough how much I love you. I will never stop being your big sister. I will always appreciate and miss your beautiful big heart, your smile, our humor and our strong bond. “
She said, “I have the strongest bond with you of all people, and I always will. I am grateful to God every day for bringing you to me. He definitely brought us together for a reason. Thank you for believing in me, trusting me, inspiring me and making me be my best. I am grateful for the little miracles that we experienced with you this week. You fought hard for the biggest fight of your life until the end. Until I see you again, I love you. “