Hammond Judge Grace Gasaway dies

Judge Gasaway

Judge Grace Bennett Gasaway, 60, died Thursday at Ochsner Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.

A motorcade brought her body to Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home, Hammond, at midday.

The procession of law enforcement and other vehicles detoured off the interstate to pass through downtown Hammond and pause in front of the Leon Ford III Memorial Justice Building on East Thomas Street.

Recotta, court and city employees stood on the steps facing the funeral coach for a moment of silence.

Recotta said it was an amazing motorcade and the procession was most respectful.

A lifelong resident of Hammond, Gasaway was elected city court judge in 1996 and had served in that capacity since.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller has signed an order lowering flags to half-staff at parish buildings.

Miller asks that flags remain at half-staff until the conclusion of funeral services for the judge next week.

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