“They think they won because they killed my son but nobody won. I lost my son and they lost their freedom. Nobody won.” James gray, father of Christopher King
The man arrested Friday in connection with the slaying of Christopher King, 25, had known the victim for about a year, King’s girlfriend of five years said.
The two Scotlandville men had not been in any serious fight that she knew of, said Alisha Gilmore, 25.
“I think it was about jealousy,” Gilmore said. “They were so-called friends.”
Baton Rouge police arrested and booked Erin Gross, 18, 1420 Cardinal St., on counts of second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon, booking records show.
Police said they believe Gross shot King multiple times while King was driving in the 1300 block of Oriole Street at about 4:20 a.m. Wednesday.
After he was shot, King drove his car into a house on the street. He died Friday.
Gilmore said Gross used to come by the Scotlandville house she shared with King and played with their 2-year-old son.
Detectives wrote in an affidavit of probable cause that Gross shot King after the two had an “argument.”
King’s family members said they believe Gross did not act alone in the killing.
Gilmore said she believes another man King knew also was involved in the shooting.
“We just want justice,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore said she found out about King’s death when a friend of his knocked on her door at about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The victim’s mother, Jennifer King, 43, said she was shocked by her son’s death because he was not a violent person.
She said he was the type of person to admit when he was wrong and apologize, so his fights never escalated to violence.
“He wasn’t no fighter,” she said. “He was a good person. He didn’t deserve what they did to him.”
King’s father, James Gray, 43, said the murder was senseless.
“They think they won because they killed my son but nobody won,” Gray said. “I lost my son and they lost their freedom. Nobody won.”
The murder is still under investigation, police spokesman Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said.
Anyone with information can contact Homicide Division at (225) 389-4868 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.