BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — Nelly Jones lives a few blocks from the Prescott Road building where Byron “Chris” Batiste was shot and killed over the weekend. Batiste’s death was the first of three Baton Rouge homicides in less than 24 hours — and one of 11 this month still unsolved.
“Do you hear the cries? Do you see something needs to be done?” Jones said outside a Prescott Road convenience store. ” Nobody wants to lose their child.”
November has seen an upward tick in homicides from prior months. October saw four people shot and killed; September saw seven. Citywide this year, about half of the homicides remain unsolved.
“We have extra detectives who normally don’t work the shootings investigating and assisting our homicide detectives,” Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said. “We’re putting forth a lot of effort in an attempt to get as much information as we can.”
The BRPD considers a homicide “solved” when a perpetrator is arrested or dies. Department leaders hope reassigning 60 officers in the coming days will up their chances of more arrests.
“Even though we have all the technology out in play, even though we have all the forensic analysts out there, we need help, because it’s a collective effort,” McKneely said.
The BRPD asks anyone with information on the unsolved homicides to call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (225) 344-7867, or (225) 344-STOP.