Neighbor of murder victim says he's tired of 'genocide'
BATON ROUGE - Police are investigating the city's latest murders.
23-year-old Wayne Pierson, 825 South 12th Street, was shot in the head overnight at 669 Monet Drive in Melrose East. He later died at a local hospital.
Police later found a second shooting victim inside a car at the corner of Scenic Highway and Chestnut Street. His identity has not been released yet by authorities.
Neighbors say the area of Monet Drive where Pierson was shot is usually quiet compared to other parts of Melrose East. Many are scared the "Mall City" stigma and mentality could creep back if the violence continues.
"If you're committing genocide on your own people in your own neighborhood, it's bananas!" said Earl Hicks, who grew up in Brooklyn and compared the streets there the late 70's and early 80's to many areas of Baton Rouge today.
"Crime was rampant up there, but it's the same vicious crimes I'm seeing down here. The problem is babies raising babies. Single parents and everything. It's just a sad situation," Hicks said.
As a teenager, Hicks spent the majority of his afternoon at various after school organizations. He said those programs kept the youth off the street. But these days there aren't many program offerings, and criminals are much younger.
For months now, city leaders have presented many ideas about how to fix the current crime issues. Hicks wonders why there are so many ideas that haven't taken place, but even he, doesn't have the answer.
"I wouldn't know where to start. I really wouldn't. It's like a dam. As soon as you put your finger in one hole, another leak comes somewhere else and it just goes on. It's just a vicious cycle," Hick said.