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Volunteers rehab home near murder scene

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BATON ROUGE - Volunteers with Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge helped rehab a home on Walnut Street as a way to give back on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

The mostly high school aged students worked to build a wheelchair ramp and hand rails at the home of Ms. Willie Mae Bennett. Bennett lives just a block away from the scene of the city's first murder of 2015, so volunteers thought it would be a good start to rebuilding the community.

"What better way to kind of heal that terrible blemish on our community than to come out with good hearted volunteers, do some good work, make a home look even better than it does now, and improve the whole tenor of the block," said Chris Andrews with Rebuilding Together BR.

The student volunteers got to some of the heavy lifting on a day when they could easily be at home.

"It's really fulfilling to do a lot of service work in your life, make other people happy as well as yourself," said Evan Dille, a freshman at Catholic High.

Volunteers plan to return to the home next month to give it a fresh coat of paint.

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