Idalis Smith talked about someday becoming a nurse because she loved caring for people.
That dream was cut short Friday when the 18-year-old was killed inside her north Baton Rouge home in a shooting that also left her stepfather critically wounded.
The shooting happened about 1:10 p.m. in a house at 1305 N. 30th St., said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
Smith was killed in the house and a man who was taken to an area hospital for surgery was in critical condition, McKneely said.
Police would not confirm the identity of the wounded man, but family members said he was Smith’s stepfather, Greg Dosson, 34.
Baton Rouge police said they do not have any suspects in the case, but family members believe Dosson may have known the shooter.
“She got killed for something that didn’t have anything to do with her,” said Ashley Smith, her aunt. “It just doesn’t seem real.”
Idalis Smith often baby-sat her aunt’s three children, ages 2, 5 and 9, playing video games and dress-up while their mom was away.
“She and my daughter always said they were like sisters,” Ashley Smith said.
Maynell Orji, Smith’s great-great-aunt, remembered the 18-year-old as a “cute, sweet” person who liked to swim and eat crawfish with her friends.
Orji said Smith looked after her 2-year-old grandson most weekdays, but something came up Friday and the toddler was staying elsewhere at the time of the shooting.
Along with being a devoted baby-sitter, Smith also had a wonderful sense of humor, relatives said.
“She would always be at my house, and she could just make you laugh and laugh,” said Madlin Gage, Smith’s great-great-aunt.
Smith was pursuing her GED at the Capital Area Technical College, with hopes of someday becoming a nurse.
Smith’s survivors include her brother Darien Smith and her mother, Chandrikka McCoy.
On Friday, family members prayed, as detectives huddled beneath the shade on the front steps of the house, a chained-up pit bull barking in the driveway.
Several dozen people watched from a vacant lot across the street, some sobbing and screaming, as a school bus dropped off children nearby.
“She didn’t deserve that to happen,” Orji said. “Nobody deserves that to happen.”
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