A 23-year-old man’s family is struggling to understand what could have led to his shooting death Wednesday night on Cannon Street.
Baton Rouge police found Marquis Latrelle Wyatt lying in the street about 10 p.m. near 4114 Cannon St. after he had been shot several times in the upper torso, said Cpl. L’Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.
He said further details in the incident remain unclear.
Wyatt’s girlfriend, Whitley Bell, said Thursday that when she arrived at the scene of the shooting, three neighbors told her they saw Wyatt walk through an alley alone, followed by a “built” man they had never seen before. The man had a high haircut and was twisting at his hair, neighbors told her.
They heard gunshots seconds later and found Wyatt lying in the street. They also saw the other man running away, Bell said.
“I know in my head it’s a setup,” Bell said. “He never went to that part of town.”
Wyatt and Bell have a 2-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl.
“If I didn’t have his kids, I would have taken my life just to be with him,” Bell said.
Wyatt spent most of his time outside the Denham Street apartment where he lived with Bell, but recently he had been trying to turn his life around, family members said.
Wyatt’s mother said she had been taking him on various errands so he could gather ID cards and other papers to apply for a job, and earlier this week, he told her he had gotten an offer to work at a cleaning service. However, Bell said he didn’t have the transportation to get himself to the job’s start time at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“It’s hard for me to think I’m never going to hear him call me again,” Wyatt’s mother, Miazokki Wyatt, said Thursday.
Anyone with information on this incident can contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.