Liam Dunn

The third passenger in the crash that killed two Brusly High students and rocked the West Baton Rouge Parish community was Brusly High graduate and former Brusly baseball player Liam Dunn.

Dunn was in the back seat when Addis Police David Cauthron crashed into the car Liam was riding in with his sister Maggie Dunn and Caroline Gill while Cauthron was pursuing a man who had allegedly stolen his parents’ car.

On Monday, Cauthron was arrested and charged with two counts of negligent homicide.

Maggie and Caroline did not survive the crash while Liam suffered multiple broken bones and a fractured skull.

Liam graduated from Brusly in 2021 and was a member of the Brusly baseball team that advanced to the state tournament in Sulphur for the first time since 2018.

He currently attends the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Brusly head baseball coach Mike Forbes said Liam would do whatever it took to help his team win.

“Liam was a great kid. Liam was a guy who would do anything that you asked him to do,” Forbes said Monday evening. “He was a second baseman whenever I got the job. He was a sophomore. I asked him to move positions and he did it willingly. “He was a guy who was small in stature, but big in heart. And he’s a guy that you always wanted on your field.”

Forbes said Dunn played a pivotal role in the Panthers’ success during the team’s run to Sulphur. Dunn pitched five strong innings with three strikeouts in the team’s Game 1 quarterfinal win over No. 2 South Beauregard. The Panthers beat South Beauregard in Game 3 of the best-of-three series to advance to the Class 3A semifinals.

“I tell people this all the time, he was the reason why we were able to make a run to the semifinals,” Forbes said. “He stepped his game up at the end of that season and won some huge playoff games for us. And he was the reason that we made it that far. If he doesn’t do the things that he did, I don’t know if that happens.”

“He was the guy that you wanted on your team,” Forbes added. “He would just do everything that you wanted him to do as best as he could do it. And that’s all you can really ask for as a coach.”

Forbes attended Monday evening’s candlelight vigil held at the Brusly High football field to honor the lives of Maggie and Caroline, as well as Liam.

Forbes said he taught Maggie in the fall semester and he initially didn’t know Liam was involved. He said this is new territory for everyone involved.

“Obviously this is something that you hope as a coach you never have to deal with,” he said. “But I can tell you that everything happens for a reason. There’s a reason why I’m here at the school. This community is going to help me through this. This community is amazing. It’s awesome to see the support of this community. And you know, I love being a part of it. This is my home.”

Blood donations made to the Our Lady of the Lake RMC Donor Center Main Campus in the name of Liam Dunn would be greatly appreciated.

Our Lady of the Lake’s blood bank is open M-Th 8 am -6 pm, F 8-4:30, Sat 10-2. You must bring a picture ID, be 17 or older (16 w/ parental consent), and eat before arriving.

The OLOL blood bus will be at Brusly High Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those able to donate are asked to come and support Liam.

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