POSTED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:49pm
BATON ROUGE, La (NBC33) — Roy Andre has lived in Brusly his entire life.
“People don’t shoot guns around here, unless they’re going hunting,” he says.
The small, close-knit community is quiet most of the time. Neighbors say everyone knows everyone and crime is a rarity.
Sunday night, however, a deadly shooting shook the community. A Brusly High School student was killed.
“It’s a terrible thing, a terrible thing,” Andre says. “I’ve seen kids get killed in wrecks and stuff like that. That’s bad enough, but when somebody is directly responsible for taking the life of your kid, it makes it pretty hard.”
West Baton Rouge Sheriff, Mike Cazes, says Justin Warner, 18, was shot and killed at the Exxon Truck Plaza off of LA 1. According to reports, Warner got into an argument with Marcus Richardson, 22, at the Wal-Mart earlier in the evening. Later on, deputies say Richardson shot Warner at the gas station multiple times, killing him. Richardson was arrested this morning.
Andre, 62, has grandchildren that go to Brusly High School. The shooting hits close to home. “It doesn’t matter what age you get killed, it’s always too soon,” he says. “It’s horrendous.”
Ulyse Godfrey says Warner went to his church.
“[He was] very humble, very humble,” Godfrey says. “No problems.”
The Brusly High junior played football and was well-liked by his peers, according to officials and neighbors who knew him. School officials had grief counselors and extra security on hand to handle the situation.
Godfrey says the students who were close to Warner took the news of his death hard. “It’s devastating,” he explains. “A lot of them are sad. It’s taking a toll on them.”
Community members say they just don’t want to see this anymore. “The general public is very tired of these types of actions,” Andre says.
However, they’re worried that the problem is only going to get worse. “I’m seeing this area, this side of the river, grow,” Andre explains. “The bigger it gets, the more population it gets, it seems like the crime grows right along with it.”