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Baton Rouge chef murdered near Catholic Life Center

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BATON ROUGE - A chef who graduated from the Louisiana Culinary Institute a year ago was shot multiple times overnight near Hundred Oaks and South Acadian Thruway.

The man died inside a car after it crashed into a retaining wall at the Catholic Life Center. Investigators identified the chef as 33-year old Eddie Keys III.

People who knew Keys said he was passionate about family, food and friends.

"He was the kindest most caring, living person I've known," Keys' mentor at the Louisiana Culinary Institute, Tricia Johnson, said.

Keys was a chef at Sno's Restaurant in Gonzales. Employees there said he will be missed, but declined to do an on-camera interview.

"He had this infectious smile," Jeremy Coco, LCI instructor said. "He was dedicated. He would tell you he may not have been the smartest student when it came to studying and book work, but he was the hardest working."

Investigators said Keys was traveling south on South Acadian Thruway when someone opened fire on him. Keys was shot multiple times. News 2 has learned he was hit in the head and body.

"I heard four gun shots," neighbor Alicia Smith said.

Smith said the shooting rattled her nerves, since that type of thing doesn't typically happen in the area.

"I felt safe until now," Smith said.

Baton Rouge Police have released few details about the shooting. They haven't said whether Keys was targeted or if it was a random act of violence.

Keys did not have a criminal record.

Call the BRPD Violent Crimes Unit at (225)389-4869 if you can help solve this murder.

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