DONALDSONVILLE — Four Ascension Parish men were arrested in the Sunday night fatal shooting of a White Castle teenager.
Jakil Jones, 21, 1126 S. Park Ave., Gonzales, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail early Wednesday morning on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of weapons. He is accused of shooting Brisecon Jasmin, 19, of White Castle, in the back of the head at the Dville Village apartment complex in Donaldsonville.
Jasmin was transported to an area hospital after the shooting and was taken off life support early Tuesday morning.
“I never went through nothing like this,” his mother, Shequita White, said in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. “This is the hardest thing in my life that I have to go through. ... It’s hard because I’m so used to my child by me. I’m so used to me saying, ‘Brisecon this, Brisecon that.’ ”
Marvin Jasmin, Brisecon Jasmin’s grandfather, described him as an average 19-year-old who enjoyed fishing and basketball.
“He spent the last two weeks with me,” Marvin Jasmin said Wednesday in a phone interview. “We didn’t have no trouble with him. Everything we asked him to do, he did it.”
Jasmin, who has 16 grandchildren, was distraught over the loss, saying his grandson had a bright future ahead of him.
“It’s such a major loss,” he said. “He’s going to be missed. He’s already missed.”
White described her son as “a quiet type of person” who went out of his way to help people and avoided trouble. She said the family moved to Donaldsonville two weeks ago and she “always preached to him” about staying away from places where he could find trouble.
Brisecon Jasmin spent all day Sunday with his family, she said, until a friend came over to pick him up around 7:30 p.m. White said she told her son she didn’t want him going out, but he assured her he loved her and would be right back. Less than two hours later, he was dead. Neighborhood residents and authorities said he was an innocent bystander caught in a shootout.
“When I got the news that my child had got shot, all I did was fall to the ground crying,” White said. “I was just hollering, ‘Who shot my baby?’ I was just saying, ‘Who could have did this and why?’ ”
Maj. Kevin Hanna with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office said detectives believe they have their trigger-man in Jones, but he was not alone during the shooting.
“We still do not have a clear motive,” Hanna said. “We feel pretty damn good that the bullet was not meant for (Jasmin).”
Also arrested were three Donaldsonville men alleged to be principals in the shooting. Max Batiste, 22, 812 Orange St.; Trevel Dunn, 20, 701 Orange St.; and Saquan Sullivan, 17, 206 Martin Luther King Drive, were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail each on single counts of principal to second-degree murder.
Hanna said detectives expected to make additional arrests Thursday morning.
A principal is someone who either was present during the time of the crime and didn’t report it, or someone who assisted in the act of the crime.
Both second-degree murder and being a principal to that crime are punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole.