Baton Rouge man, 30, found shot to death on Prescott Road _lowres

Dalina Stamsberry

A shooting shortly before noon Saturday on Prescott Road took the life of a 30-year-old Baton Rouge man.

Dalina “Demarkis” Stamsberry was shot inside a house in the 7000 block of Prescott Road, according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

More than six hours after the shooting, investigators could be seen coming in and out of the brick house next to a Baptist academy parking lot.

Although born a female, Stamsberry identified as a male and went by the first name of Demarkis, according to Myesha Brown, his girlfriend of fours years.

She said Stamsberry was visiting a friend when he was shot.

“His friend picked him up from work, and I guess they came here,” Brown said, pointing to a light brown house across the street.

Stamsberry lived a couple of streets over, where he shared a house with his girlfriend. Brown said the two had plans to marry.

“We didn’t plan the day yet because ...” Brown trailed off and began to cry.

Stamsberry attended Belaire High School and worked at both Chili’s and Taco Bell, said Brown, who worked with him at Chili’s.

Brown said Stamsberry loved to rap.

“He was a good person, always happy,” Brown said. “He would give you his last if you asked.”

She said Stamsberry is survived by his parents and a younger brother.

No further information was available from the Sheriff’s Office Saturday evening on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Editor's note: The Advocate is working with its digital content management partner to edit a portion of this story's URL. This story is accurate in reporting the victim, Dalina “Demarkis” Stamsberry, identifies as male.