BY BILLY GUNN
July 25, 2013
LAFAYETTE — The last time Candice Cleveland saw her husband, 25-year-old Trooper Donald Cleveland, he was leaving his family’s Breaux Bridge home at 5:30 a.m. on July 2, 1977.
Like she always did, Candice Cleveland told her husband to be careful. As his part of the ritual, he said he would.
Less than an hour later, other state troopers knocked at her door to tell her that her husband was dead, killed by a 17-year-old named Dalton Prejean.
Donald Cleveland had been a state trooper for one year, one month and two days. He was found in a ditch off La. 94, his fingers still wrapped around his unfired service revolver.
Thirty-six years later, Candice Cleveland, now Candice Harris, joined her children, grandchildren, current and retired state troopers, other area law enforcement officials, politicians and other friends Thursday in dedicating a stretch of highway to her first husband.
La. 94 from the Lafayette Parish/St. Martin Parish line to Louisiana Avenue in Lafayette became the “Trooper Donald C Cleveland Memorial Highway.”
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