BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- East Baton Rouge Parish has crossed the doorstep and has now reached triple digits in terms of homicides in 2021.
The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office is reporting 100 homicides for the parish this year.
At this same time in 2020, the coroner’s office had confirmed 80 homicides.
The parish has reached the 100 homicide mark only four other times since the EBR Coroner began documenting homicides in 1999.
The century mark was reached in 2020, 2018, 2017, and 2007.
There are 137 days left in 2021.
While we have not been exempt from the national trend of increased violence since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we are seeing progress in our efforts to create a safe, hopeful and healthy community for everyone. According to BRPD, our last homicide in city limits was nearly two weeks ago on August 3. Our law enforcement agencies continue to implement assertive, data-driven strategies to proactively patrol our most vulnerable neighborhoods. Complementing these efforts, my administration continues to support community-based public safety initiatives, like the Baton Rouge Community Street Team, which has been active throughout the summer in the 70802 and 70805 zip codes to establish relationships and interrupt violence before it happens. We have also been empowering our citizens through summer initiatives like the Resident Leadership Academy, which is supporting citizens to implement improvement projects in their neighborhoods. My administration is committed to working with our community to address the challenges we face.Statement from Mayor-President Broome