A community in fear following two murders in two days


“It’s just some bad things going on.”

A man who wished to remain anonymous said, the crime in his neighborhood is getting out of hand.

“From Saturday with the female, on the next street. I don’t know if that coincide with it but it needs to stop right here in Baton Rouge.”

Tuesday night, a 51-year-old man was killed on Ritterman Avenue. Just two days before, a 20-year-old woman was killed a block over.

“Is that alarming to you? It’s alarming to me, very, very.”

He said, this neighborhood see’s crimes often but people in the community rather take action in their own hands than speak up.

“The only thing my safety is, you have to arm and protect yourself. I’m not going say it, but, we’re living in a bad area.”

Don Coppola with the Baton Rouge Police Department said, when it comes to crime and community members being scared, there are ways to handle the situation.

“Not sure if there’s any relation or not between the two but we want people to pick up the phone with any information they have no matter how small they think it is. That may be the missing link investigators are looking for” said Coppola.

He said, though some in the Howell Park Community may be fearful, the crime solving shows people are speaking up.

“With the hard work of the investigators are putting into these cases with the help of the community.

Still protecting his identity for his own safety, the man says, he wants the crime to end.

“They need to stop all this here, it’s not worth it, it’s not worth it.”

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