East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney finds number of homicide deaths ‘troubling’

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — East Baton Rouge has once again set a record for the number of homicides in the parish.

During Monday’s Press Club meeting, EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore called the number of homicide deaths “troubling.”

Moore said the parish started off with a high number of homicides deaths in January of 2021 and the number kept climbing. According to the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office, as of December 6, 2021, there have been 157 homicides. About the same time in 2020, there were 128 homicides in the parish.

“There’s a lot of things and reasons why we believe this is going on,” said Moore.

Moore attributes part of the problem to a lack of police manpower and resources.

“Maybe the crime is as it is [with] not enough police to police the streets and people feel a little more brazen. You have noticed this year many more daytime shootings and daytime murders,” said Moore.

Data shows the majority of murders highlighted took place in zip codes 70802, 70805 and 70806.

“21 to 30-year-olds are your bulk of victims, that’s also going to be the same number for defendants,” said Moore.

The district attorney has been working with the office for four decades and vows change is coming to his office in hopes of keeping violent criminals off the streets.

“It’s easier said than done. In justice, you have defendants and victims, tough go, but we just need to find a way,” said Moore.

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