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Brothers join long list of homicides in Baton Rouge

The old adage is that lighting is not supposed to strike twice in the same place. Baton Rouge police responded to 68 homicides in 2012. Yet in such a notorious war zone murder shouldn't be cruel enough to visit the same grieving family twice.

However, that was not to be the case.

Nine years ago a man's older brother was gunned down in the same area near an apartment complex. A neighbor who owns and operates a local business across from the apartments currently describes it as a place where robbing and killing were all too common.

In the latest killing, between eight and ten shots were reportedly heard by those nearby, including a Baton Rouge Police Corporal, who said the shots were fired shortly after 11 a.m.

The Corporal said officers were patrolling in the area when they heard gunshots behind businesses on North Sherwood Forest. The victim's body was found in front of the apartment complex on Sherwood Forest Blvd., known as "The Cut."

Although police are being circumspect as the investigation is ongoing, a relative of the current victim described him as a good man. She also relayed to reporters that the police had rounded up a witness to the shooting. This vital fact was not confirmed by the police. Police have also not disclosed a motive at this point.

Incredibly, this most current homicide is the sixth homicide in Baton Rouge in June and the fifth in just four days, according to BRPD statistics -- the type of numbers that not only keep police busy, but prosecutors, judges and the defense counsels that must insure that however heinous the crime, the suspect is afforded all his or her Constitutional rights and ultimately gets a fair and impartial trial before his peers.

Source:  The Advocate, "BRPD investigating fatal BR shooting; Victim's mother loses second son in nine years" Ryan Broussard, Jun. 13, 2013

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