Police hoping public will help clear year-old levee murder
BATON ROUGE- A year after an innocent teen was gunned-down on the Baton Rouge levee downtown, police are still looking for clues.
17-year-old Darius Augustus was shot about this time a year ago. He and younger family members were on the levee waiting for a ride home, after visiting a Halloween attraction, when gun-fire erupted near the River Center. Augustus was caught in the cross-fire.
But police haven't made any arrests.
"We're in the right direction, let me say that, but just getting enough information to put an arrest on somebody can be frustrating," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
What officers do know is that two groups shot at one another on the levee and Augustus was hit while running from the ruckus. Detectives hoped surveillance video would help answer some questions, but nothing was caught on camera. Police have the names and statements of those involved, but what's holding them up?
"Just pinpointing the shooter, finding the gun, that actually where the bullet was fired from, that's what we need," said McKneely.
And in order to keep fall fun downtown free of foolishness, police say they're saturating the levee, long-term, to the level of Fourth of July security.
"We're gonna have the mounted patrols, we're gonna have undercover detectives, motor men and some police officers patrolling that immediate area up and down the levee," said McKneely.
Augustus' mother, Jennifer, thinks the extra security will scare criminals away from the area, but what she really wants is someone to be brave enough to speak up.
"I just pray and I hope that whoever it is, one day they will surrender," she said.
Augustus' family is planning a memorial vigil where he died.