Police who found an unoccupied vehicle with shattered glass and blood inside followed the blood trail and discovered one person shot to death late Thursday on Osceola Street, according to Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L’Jean McKneely.
Police were responding to a “shot spotter” call around 11:35 p.m. in the 3600 block of Osceola Street, when they found Monquel Yates, 24, of 3311 Linden St., dead of multiple gunshot wounds between two houses in the 3400 block of that road.
Yates’ aunt Michelle Yates-Harris, 37, said the young man never came home after going out to buy a pair of shoes, one of his favorite activities.
Gathered outside Yates’ grandmother’s small white house on Linden Street, where he primarily lived, a short drive from the shooting, she and other friends and family said the man they called “Bobo” was a loving father of two.
He had a 3-year-old daughter and an 11-month-of son, said his only sibling, Keisha Yates, 27. Her brother worked cutting grass, and enjoyed fixing up cars, she said.
“He was a lot of fun. He liked to scare me by sneaking up on me and saying, ‘Boo!’” said Janice Yates, the slain man’s 59-year-old grandmother. She emerged from her house clutching a book of photographs and pulled from a plastic sleeve an image of Monquel Yates with a child. His mother is dead, she said.
Police believe he may have staggered out of the vehicle after being shot in the 3600 block, McKneely said.
Yates-Harris, the aunt, said Monquel Yates was in a car that belongs to his girlfriend, who was not with him.
The motive to this shooting is unknown. Police asked that anyone with information about the shooting contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.