Homicides down in EBR
BATON ROUGE- Murders in Baton Rouge dropped in 2013 compared to the year before, according to official records.
In 2013 in East Baton Rouge Parish, there were a total of 64 homicides, 49 of which happened in the city limits of Baton Rouge. That's compared to 2012 when there were 83 homicides, 70 of which happened in the city.
Some feel it's a great start but there's more work to be done.
"It gives me solace, but I think for 2014, it can give me more solace if it went down even more," said Baton Rouge resident, Rochelle Guidroz.
"This is just a band-aid to cover one of the wounds we have suffered in the past as a city. But if we continue to do this, we'll see greater results," said community advocate, Arthur "Silky Slim" Reed.
The former gangster knows the streets of Baton Rouge, and hopes this decrease will trickle down to the next year.
"It's still a high number but definitely proud of where we are and where we're headed. I'm more proud of where we can go," Reed said.
People in the 70805 ZIP code attribute the low murder rate to the crime fighting initiative B.R.A.V.E and the high profile presence of police in the neighborhood.