Four BR murders since Thursday; Council member has plan

Louisiana Politics

POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2011 - 9:09pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 3:52pm

There have been four murders in Baton Rouge going back to last Thursday, including two teenagers, and a man who was killed close to the Southern University campus.

"Crime is all around us. it has no face, or no race," said East Baton Rouge Metro Council Member Tara Wicker. "Affects each and every one of us."

Crime has affected Istrouma High School particularly hard the last few days. Two teenage students -- an eighteen and a sixteen-year old -- were shot and killed in separate incidents. Also since Thursday, two other murders took place in Baton Rouge. A 41- year-old man was found dead from a gunshot inside his house on Gwen Drive Thursday, and a 21-year-old man was shot to death Saturday night on Swan Avenue, near Southern University.

"Anytime crime is on the rise, we know we have larger issues," Wicker said.

None of the latest murders were in Wicker's district, but she's dealt with crime before in her Mid-City district, and says she's submitted what she calls a "Pure Water for District 10" plan to police, to help combat the issue.

"Community residents came out and said these are the locations that are crime areas," Wicker said. "It goes to community coming together and saying enough is enough."

Wicker also says the Metro Council is working on quality of life issues to target blighted areas of communities.

Baton Rouge Police say no arrests have been made in any of the four homicides, but they do have a suspect in one of the cases.

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