Police unclear on motive behind second BR slaying of 2014
Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy found dead Monday morning inside his Old South Baton Rouge home.
The victim, Patrick Williams, had been living with family for the past two months at the 1108 St. Joseph St. residence, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
Police said the teen was shot several times.
Investigators at the scene appeared to be examining an epithet that had been painted in green on the street in front of the home, but it was not clear whether the writing was related to the crime.
Neighbors looked on from their porches as the victim was carried out of the home in a black body bag. A group of loved ones approached the residence, which sits near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue, and broke into tears as detectives removed a perimeter of yellow crime scene tape.
The motive behind the killing remained unclear, and Coppola said police did not have any suspects in the shooting, the city’s second slaying in 2014.
Dr. Beau Clark, the parish coroner, said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Family members of Williams said they were too distraught to discuss the shooting Monday.
Peter Dudley, an attorney who represented Williams in a robbery case last year in Juvenile Court, said he was saddened by news of the shooting.
“He had gotten in a little spot of trouble, but he was a very nice and well-mannered kid when he was with me,” Dudley said. “He was respectful. He used manners.”
Williams had been on probation for simple robbery at the time of his death and was one of three juveniles found to have committed a robbery at LSU in April, Assistant District Attorney Curtis Nelson Jr. said.
The victim of the robbery, an LSU student, told authorities that he had been robbed at gunpoint while two of the juveniles rifled through his pockets and stole his wallet and cellphone.
LSU police found the teens walking down Highland Road a short time later and took them into custody.
The robbery did not appear to be gang related, Nelson said, but rather a decision by three youths to “go rob someone for quick money.”
Williams had been scheduled to appear in court later this month for a routine hearing on his probation, according to his attorney.
Williams’ death marked the second homicide and the first fatal shooting of the year in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The first slaying occurred New Year’s Day when Michael Taylor Sr., 53, was mortally wounded by someone wielding a tire iron in what police described as a “family brawl” in the 1200 block of Convention Street. Taylor succumbed to his injuries Jan. 7, and detectives are still investigating the case.
Police ask that anyone with information about Williams’ shooting call (225) 344-7867.