Addis residents react to murder

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POSTED: Monday, February 6, 2012 - 8:09pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 1:40pm

Addis residents are shaken up after a man was shot and killed in their small town over the weekend. Police say Cruz Ramirez, 33, confessed to shooting his girlfriend's son, Clarence Jones, on Saturday afternoon.

According to police, Ramirez and Jones were arguing. Then, when Jones tried to walk away, Ramirez is thought to have fired two shots into his back.

"It doesn't usually happen in Addis," says Rasheedah Gailes.

She points up and down Highway 1. "You go a little further that way or that way and it happens, but not in Addis."

John Williams is similarly shocked. "I don't know what this world is coming to," he says. "What do we do next to stop this?"

Police Chief Ricky Anderson has been in charge for 12 years. He says this is only the second murder he's handled in the small town.

"Addis is a very, very safe community in my opinion," he says. "We have good neighbors. We have good people here and when they see somethng that doesn't look right, they call us."

Now, he's worried that a growing community means more violence. "We have people coming in this town. We don't know who they are. We don't know their background. We don't know their history or anything. These are the type of people that we're looking at now" he explains. "As Addis grows, we're looking at probably having more of this."

He's not alone in his concern.

"Everyday you hear somebody getting killed in Baton Rouge, but it don't very seldom happen here. It feels like it's coming on down here, and it's very scary," says Gailes.

Police say Addis is still safe. Residents say they hope the police are right.

"I don't want to see no murder, good community where I want to come home and leave your door open, but that's unheard of too. We just want peace," Williams says.

Sources close to the investigation tell NBC33 that Ramirez already served time for killing someone in Texas in 1997. On top of the murder charges he faces, police say he's also in trouble for owning a gun. Convicted felons are not allowed to have them.

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