Two more unsolved shooting deaths have occurred since Lafayette Police held a press conference in May to plead for the public to come forward with information on the deaths of Scottie Alfred and Aaron Brooks Jr.
Lafayette City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux, who represents the district where all four deaths occurred, urged members of his constituency to provide police with any information they have on the cases.
“We’re asking the community for help,” Boudreaux said. “These families are still hurting. We have work to do.”
Chris Waters, founder of community group Peace for MLK, agreed.
“We can only hope and pray that someone steps forward with information that will help give closure to the victims’ loved ones,” he said. “Silence is truly violence, and life is too precious for these deaths to keep occurring.”
Police are investigating the more recent murder of Aman Bob, who was found dead on Simcoe Street on July 17 after police responded to reports of gunfire in the area.
Police also are seeking answers in the June 30 death of Damien Anthony Champ, who police found unresponsive on Bossier Street. The Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office said he died from a single gunshot wound to the upper torso.
Brooks was shot to death in his home at 521 Northeast Evangeline Thruway on May 8. Police believe the motive was robbery.
Alfred was sleeping in his car in the driveway of a relative on East Foch Street when he was shot to death May 24. There has been no arrest.
Lafayette Police Public Information Officer Cpl. Paul Mouton said in May police were able to identify a suspect vehicle in Alfred’s shooting: a dark-colored Jeep SUV with factory chrome rims occupied by more than one person.
Brooks’ and Alfred’s killings happened in the morning, and only about a block away from each other.
Mouton said last week there hasn’t been a major breakthrough, but police are still investigating.
As for why leads in these cases haven’t arisen, Boudreaux said people may just not be coming forward with information because they think what they’ve heard has already been reported.
“Anything can be helpful to closing out these cases,” he said.
As for a way to stop the violence that keeps happening in north Lafayette, Waters said change will have to start from within.
“A tremendous amount of work will be required to change the culture of violence in our community,” he said. “The high rates of violence will only stop when the community says, ‘we want our streets and neighborhoods back,’ and then create a sustained plan of action.
“When enough people care, that’s when change happens.”
Anyone with information about the homicides is encouraged to contact Boudreaux at 291-8804 or call Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.