Three little stuffed animals Tuesday morning marked the spot where 23-year-old Kerry Green was shot dead just after midnight in the yard of the Elm Grove Apartments in the Scotlandville area of Baton Rouge.
“The word is they emptied out a clip on my nephew, and that makes me so angry,” said Ulrica Green, 33.
Baton Rouge Police, in a news release from Cpl. Don Coppola, said Green “was found shot multiple times” shortly after midnight Tuesday and died at the scene at 8770 Elm Grove Garden Drive.
People were sitting on the steps that faced a central courtyard of the apartment complex later Tuesday morning , and young children could be seen scampering around its lawns.
No one has been arrested in the slaying and authorities didn’t have any suspects as of Tuesday afternoon, police said. An autopsy confirmed only that Kerry Green suffered “multiple” bullet wounds, but not the actual number, said East Baton Rouge parish coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark.
“I just don’t understand how they shot my child like that,” said Green’s mother, Bridget Green, 43.
She sobbed quietly inside her house Tuesday while family and friends streamed in to hug and grieve.
The young man had two toddlers of his own, she said.
“He was real friendly. He would always make people laugh,” she said.
“Bug,” as he was affectionately known, walked to the Elm Grove Apartments to talk to a girl around 10:45 p.m. Monday, Bridget Green said.
“My daughter came in at 12:18, (saying) ‘Momma, momma, Bug got shot,’” she said.
Ashley Green, Kerry Green’s 26-year-old sister, wept as she described how her little brother always looked up to her.
“I always used to try to tell him to stay from the wrong crowd,” she said.
An acquaintance embraced her, telling her knowingly about losing siblings to violence.
Alicia Jackson, 29, a close family friend, on Tuesday could barely stop crying even as she expressed anger at the taking of a young life.
“I’m just tired of every day, you wake up and gotta go on Facebook and see people we’ve known our whole life just gone,” she said. “Every day, every week since this summer started, somebody that we know has been murdered.”
The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with any information may contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
In a separate incident Monday night, a 27-year-old Baton Rouge man was shot and killed in the downtown area. Click here to read more.