'Nothing like this really happens in Denham' residents speak out after teen's murder

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 6:54pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:17pm

People living in Denham Springs are still trying to cope after 19 year old Durrell Woods was shot and killed on Martin Luther King Jr., Monday. Drive. Police there say it's the first murder in the city since 2005.

"It was shocking. Still, right now I'm still not accepting it," Danielle Bates, friend of Durrell Woods, said.

Bates can't believe someone would want to kill her friend.

"I was brining my kids out to the bus stop, and as soon as I was coming down my stairs i heard someone screaming 'someone is dead', 'someone is dead," Bates said."... I took off running down here. I saw his shoes, and I knew who it was."

Tuesday Bates placed balloons where Woods died just one day ago.

"I don't understand why. I don't understand why. Nothing he did could have brought them to that. He didn't deserve it," Bates exclaimed.

Police say monday around 7:00 a.m. they were called out to area near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and East Street.

"A bystander walking by found a 19-year-old black male laying down he appeared at the time to be deceased," Det. Glenn Lemoine, Denham Springs Police Department spokesman, said.

When they got there they found the teen dead. woods was shot once in the back of the head.

Police said people living in the area say they heard gunshots around 1 a.m. Monday, but no one called police...

Sharlecia Butler heard the shots, but she said she was scared.

"I had a gut feeling telling me go back in the house, and I did. I'm just upset I feel like if I would have just walked outside I could have saw something could have helped him saved him," Butler said.

Now Butler said she doesn't feel safe in her neighborhood.

"I'm scared, because it could have been my brother," She stated.

Butler is not alone in her concerns.

"It scares me," Bates said. "It scares me for my kids. I just wish they can do something about it. They find out who it is so we can get this from out here."

Bates said she's never seen anything like this in her neighborhood. Now she's changing her routine to make sure her family stays safe.

"I'm locking my doors. I've been talking to the younger kids I've been telling them stay from out here late," she stated. "... This is not what we want. We shouldn't be able to walk down the street and be in fear. We need something better. Our community needs to come together. "

Denham Springs Police officials said they are following up on leads, but so far they don't have a suspect.

If you know anything that could help police call Crimestoppers at 225-344-STOP (7867).

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