BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Data reveals that homicides in Baton Rouge are declining. But the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney says there is still more work to do.
Rhonda Wilson, the mother of a homicide victim named Percy Wilson, said, “I have been calling detectives every week.”
In 2022, there were 115 homicides in Baton Rouge compared to the record-breaking 150 in 2021.
“So, we’re heading in the right direction,” said District Attorney Hillar Moore.
Moore said this reflects a 21% decrease. Despite the reduction in the number of homicides, crime is still high and only a little more than half of those homicides were solved.
Moore explained that even though 54% nationwide seems to be a “good number” for most police departments, it isn’t enough.
In regard to the cases that remain unsolved, Moore said, “Those families in those neighborhoods are saying, ‘What are you doing about it? We have to find a way to bring the community and the police together. And that’s difficult.”
Wilson said, “I’m angry because I don’t have any answers.”
Her son, Percy was killed nearly a year ago, during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. His death marked the fifth homicide of that evening.
Wilson said it seemed like the authorities could have done more in handling her son’s case.
Moore says their plan for 2023 is to seek justice for unsolved homicides and prevent more gun-related deaths.