The partially nude body of a Baton Rouge woman who had been shot multiple times was found Thursday morning near an auto shop on North Street.
The body of 34-year-old Jemina Williams was discovered shortly after 8 a.m. behind a white pickup parked under a canopy in a parking lot near the shop, Baton Rouge police said.
Dr. Beau Clark, the East Baton Rouge Parish coroner, said Williams’ autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.
Williams, of 4708 Tigerland Ave., Apt. 2, appeared to have suffered several gunshot wounds, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
An employee of the auto shop, New World International, at 2615 North St., is believed to have found Williams’ body, Coppola said.
Area residents gathered near the scene said they did not hear or see anything unusual before news began to spread about a woman’s body being found.
Cornelia Massingale, Williams’ mother, said she wasn’t ready to talk about her daughter yet.
“I don’t know what happened. I know I told her she spent too much time in the streets,” Massingale said. “I hope they find the killer. I hope they find him soon.”
Court records indicate Williams was convicted on at least one occasion of prostitution in East Baton Rouge Parish. She was arrested several other times in recent years on accusations of prostitution, but most of those cases were dismissed.
Williams’ death marks the second time within a few months a prostitute was fatally shot in Baton Rouge.
Brooke Ashley Crawford, 30, was found shot to death in a field near Gracie Street in late January, and police on Feb. 7 arrested 25-year-old Rajeski Ford in her death. Ford told detectives, according to court documents, that he paid Crawford to have sex with him in the hours before she was shot.
Ford has been jailed at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail since his arrest, according to Parish Prison records.
There are no indications of any connection between Williams’ and Crawford’s deaths, Coppola, the police spokesman, said.
Police asked anyone with information about Williams’ death to call the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
Advocate staff writer Amy Wold contributed to this report.