Brother of former Jaguar QB shot and killed overnight
BATON ROUGE - A high school football coach was killed in Baton Rouge after he was shot in a parking lot early Sunday morning.
Police say Juan Joseph, 27, was killed overnight while leaving the club with two other friends. He was one of the football coaches at West St. John High school.
While Joseph and his friends were leaving, police say they got into a verbal altercation with two other individuals who were in a car. It happened near the corner of Bennington Avenue and Valley Creek Drive, which is just off of College drive near I-10 at around 2 a.m.
"The driver pulled out a gun pointing it at two of the friends in which the passenger got into it with Joseph," said L'Jean McKneely with Baton Rouge police. "He pulled out a gun and shot him thus killing him."
Police say the suspect was in a black vehicle but will not disclose additional info about the car. They say they plan to talk to local businesses for surveillance video of the scene to help make an arrest.
"The whole community is devastated by what happened not only the situation but of who he is and what he was to the community,'" said Joslyn Gastearl, who's a family friend.
WBRZ has learned that the victim, Joseph, was the brother of former Southern University quarterback Dray Joseph. A source close to the situation says Joseph played college football at Millsaps College. Students and faculty members of West St. John High gathered at the school on Sunday to pray and honor the coach who's personality had a big influence on his player off and on the field.
Millsaps's website reported back in 2009 that Joseph was a 3 time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year and division three third-team all american. Millsaps says he was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League and was later traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Joseph also spent time as the quarterback of the Lafayette Wildcatters arena football league.
Friends of the family also say he was married, and his wife is scheduled to have their second child soon. Anyone with information is asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit at 389-3948.