Members of the homeless community say even though a suspect has been arrested for allegedly killing three homeless people, they still fear for their lives.
“We [homeless people are] fighting for our lives, we’re struggling,” Tauheed Bell said. “[I’ve] slept in abandoned houses under the bridge and I’ve been in all types of situations out here.”
The three homeless individuals who were killed have been identified as Christina Fowler, 53, Gregory Corcoran, 40 and Tony Williams, 50.
He says Thursday when he heard authorities arrested 29-year-old Jeremy Anderson for their deaths, he didn’t feel relieved because he’s in constant fear for his life.
“It’s a jungle,” Bell said. “I just want to be cautious I [didn’t] want to be a victim.”
Joshua Brooks is also homeless. He agreed with bell and says he doesn’t think crime will stop and feels as though he has a target on his back.
“What you killing homeless people for? They don’t have nothing to give you, they don’t even have clothes to give you,” Brooks said.
The CEO of St. Vincent de Paul said he hopes to help the homeless find housing, so they won’t be vulnerable to dangerous situations.
“We are trying to solve the problem of homelessness, get people off the street and give them the case management and other services that they need to help them achieve residential stability,” Michael Acaldo said.
Anderson is currently in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison and is booked on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder.
Both Bell and Brooks said they pray every day for God to protect them until they are able to have a home.