BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Balloons, candles and cards cover the apartment where Kaylen and Kaden Johnson lived.
“She was very a strong mother. A strong sister,” said Tiara Johnson, Kaylen’s sister.
Tiara spent Tuesday afternoon relighting candles, remembering this is where she would see her baby sister and play with her nephew.
“That beautiful smile and [those] pretty eyes, he got you right there once you see him. He was a happy baby, very happy,” she said.
The mother and son were found dead in separate areas of East Baton Rouge Parish on Monday. Kaylen’s body was found in the wooded areas on Burbank Drive. According to Tiara, Kaden was thrown alive off the Central Thruway.
Kaylen’s boyfriend, Brynnen Murphy, turned himself in to the police in connection to their deaths.
The coroner’s office reported both deaths as homicide. Kaylen died from multiple gunshot wounds and Kaden most likely died from hypothermia after allegedly being thrown off Central Thruway.
Similar cases are too common in the Baton Rouge area and experts say that incidents are increasing.
IRIS Domestic Violence Center leaders say they are on track to beat last year’s case records of clients seeking help from domestic violence situations.
“The numbers seemed to have skewed in an upward direction,” said Priscilla Ray, IRIS Domestic Violence Center. “I am seeing younger victims, i.e. 20, 21.”
“You took three beautiful souls from us. One we will never get to meet. If you ever feel like you have to defend yourself for a man, leave. And I feel the same way for a guy,” said Tiara.
20-year-old Murphy faces two counts of first-degree murder. More charges are to be announced.
The Johnson family is raising money to cover the funeral expenses, click here to donate.
Those in domestic violence situations seeking help can call 225-389-3001 or visit www.stopdv.org.