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Families of quadruple shooting victims speak out

3 years 1 month 3 weeks ago March 30, 2014 Mar 30, 2014 Sunday, March 30 2014 March 30, 2014 6:05 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BAKER - Family members are speaking out after a shooting killed three teens and sent another to a hospital Friday night.

The mother of the only victim to survive the shooting told News 2 on the phone that Friday night was "pure chaos." Shots rang out at a crowded birthday party at the Baker Civic Club, wounding her son and killing three other teens.

The lone survivor, 19-year-old Javaughn Simmons, also spoke with News 2 and described that night as a "bad dream."

"I ain't never seen him before, and he pulled a gun out and shot me three times. I was running and I had played dead. Then he started running behind me. That's when he shot my friends, both my friends and they had died," he said.

Simmons is left with a bullet in his face after doctors decided to leave it in his cheek, according to his mother. Baker Police say 15-year-old Marcell Franklin died at the scene after she was shot in the head. Today her best friend explained how the party turned deadly.

"I was running and she got on the floor and started crawling and stayed on the floor. I ran, and when they cut the light on I was walking across to look for her and she was on the floor just laying there and she had blood coming from her head," said Tyisha Andrews.

Another two victims, 15-year-old Kendal Dorsey and 18-year-old Diontrey Claiborne died later at a hospital. Baker Police arrested the 16-year-old suspected shooter who now faces murder charges.

"I prayed for him too, because I can't judge no one. I can't judge the shooter. I mean I hate what he did, but at the same time I'm praying for him too cause he has a parent. I'm pretty sure he wasn't raised like that," said Simmons' mother.

Simmons' mother and other family members want the shooter to be tried as an adult. Some even want prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

"I do hope that they try him as an adult in court, because too many lives were lost... too many lives. The way he did it with headshots... It was just bad," said Simmons' mother.

"He's going to get the death penalty. My child is not here no more. You think I'm going to let him live a life up in jail. No, it's not going to work like that. He will get the death penalty. That's what I want and I hope other parents do the same thing," said Sandra Barton, Marcell Franklin's mother.

East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says the 16-year-old shooter will be tried as an adult.

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