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Murders up in EBR Parish compared to last two years

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BATON ROUGE- Murder numbers obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit show murders are up in East Baton Rouge Parish this year compared to the last two years.

Since Saturday, there have been eight people shot. Six people have died in four separate shootings.

From January 1 until July 14, the parish recorded 39 murders. Last year during the same time there were 36. The year before that there were 37.

This comes on the heels of another murder last night at the Elm Grove Apartments. Friends identified the victim as Kerry Green.

"He had a good heart," Kevin Muse said. "He's going to be missed."

The disregard for human life was evidenced by the shooter or shooter's bad aim. Bullet holes mark mailboxes, and even worse. One resident who didn't want to go on camera had a bullet come through her child's bedroom window and hit her child's mattress. Tonight, that resident is in the process of moving.

The uptick in violence is alarming to District Attorney Hillar Moore.

"This affects the entire parish," Moore said. "I don't care if murders are centrally located in zip codes 05 and 02. It doesn't matter. It affects business, government, just the quality of life. Everyone should be concerned that we have this going on."

Muse said the violence that claimed the life of his friend is all too common on the streets.

"They don't understand what we go through out here," Muse said. "Basically trying to survive. It's an everyday thing and has been going on."

Moore recognizes Muse's concern. Efforts need to be made to tackle the problem.

"It's significant," Moore said. "You don't want to be in a city that is known for murder capital, people toting guns. Firing weapons. You don't want to be know for that."

But, as Muse reflects on his buddy who is gone, he calls his area he lives in forgotten. He believes violence will keep happening until the community wakes up to address the problem.

"Better opportunities," Muse said. "Where we won't have to be out here in the streets doing what we're doing. More jobs, openness, more education, more everything that will help us period to keep us out the streets."

In the most recent shooting at the Elm Grove Apartments, no suspects or motives have been named. So far, two out of the four shootings since Saturday have been solved.

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