PICTURES of the YEAR

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Louisiana State Trooper Joseph Barton kneels in prayer alongside Black Bayou in St. Amant Feb. 22 at the site where a car left La. 935 (Stringer Bridge Road) and plunged into 20- to 25-feet-deep water the previous evening. The driver and two children survived after rescuers jumped in to save them, but two other children were killed.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Louisiana State Trooper Joseph Barton kneels in prayer alongside Black Bayou in St. Amant Feb. 22 at the site where a car left La. 935 (Stringer Bridge Road) and plunged into 20- to 25-feet-deep water the previous evening. The driver and two children survived after rescuers jumped in to save them, but two other children were killed.

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