EBR Coroner weighs in on ‘devastating year for our community’


East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – It has been a year of suffering for many, including those in the Capital City.

There have been more homicides, overdoses, motor vehicle crash deaths, natural deaths and suicides compared to this same time last year in Baton Rouge.

East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark is pointing this out in a recent statement:

A message from Dr. Beau Clark:

2020 has been a devastating year for our community. To date, we have investigated 90 homicides, 175 overdoses, approximately 60 motor vehicle crash deaths, , approximately 2900 natural deaths and 30 suicides. That is more than 30 homicides, more than 100 overdoses, more than 10 motor vehicle crash deaths, more than 900 natural deaths (approximately 425 COVID and 500 more due to other natural causes) compared to this time last year. We have investigated 15 less deaths by suicide compared to this time last year. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that have lost love ones this year.
May God bless you and keep you safe.

BR Police Union billboards have made light of the recent upward trend in violence.

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