‘Put down the guns’: Father of 3 gunned down in Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - An investigation is underway after a man was shot and killed Monday morning.

A spokesperson for the Baton Rouge Police Department says a man, identified the man as Derrick Parish, 48, was found in the 6000 block of Hanks Drive suffering from gunshot wounds around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15. Parish, originally from Opelousas, was living in Baton Rouge at the time of his death.

The victim’s sister, Heather Parish, says this is the third family member she has lost to violent crime.

“A comedian. Always cracking jokes, everywhere he went he was the life of the party. He was good at sports in high school. He graduated, he went to Grambling for a few semesters. He didn’t graduate. He had three kids and three grand babies,” she said.

When asked what she would say to the person or persons who killed her brother, Heather responded:

“I’d like to tell them he was a human being. He could be they family laying on the ground shot up like an animal. When you take a life, it doesn’t just hurt the person you killed, it hurts the family left behind. The pain, his children, his grandchildren. Put down the guns."

Medical personnel say the man died from his injuries on the scene. Police say there’s no motive or suspects at this time.

An investigation is underway. Anyone with information about this shooting should call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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