Two days after a wounded man was found slouched in his vehicle in a residential neighborhood, Baton Rouge police had no new details about the shooting that ultimately took the life of the father of seven.
The widow of Kendrick Ross, 37, said Monday she has “no clue” why her husband of four years would have been shot dead Saturday evening in the 9400 block of Avis Avenue, just a few miles from their one-story house where multiple pairs of children’s sandals lined the entryway Monday.
Kristin Ross, 33, said her husband had taken their sons to get haircuts Saturday morning and spent time at home before leaving for a brief outing that evening.
“ ‘I’ll be home before it gets dark,’ ” she quoted him as saying. “And that’s the last time I talked to him.”
Kendrick Ross was unemployed but took odd jobs such as mowing grass, his wife said.
“Everything we did revolved around our kids,” she said. “Our evenings consist of taking them to football practice. Our Saturdays consist of being on the football field all day with them.”
The couple had three boys and four girls between 9 months and 12 years old, Kristin Ross said.
East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William “Beau” Clark said an autopsy hasn’t been completed on Kendrick Ross, but is likely to take place Tuesday.
Baton Rouge Police spokesman Cpl. L’Jean McKneely said Sunday authorities don’t know the motive for the shooting and no one has been arrested in his death.
Cpl. Don Coppola, also a police spokesman, said Monday he is unsure when more information will surface.
“It really just depends on how the investigation continues,” he said.
A neighbor on Avis Avenue, a short street of single-family homes, pointed to the spot where a bullet from Saturday’s shooting left a hole above her garage. She declined to be named.
Kristin Ross said funeral plans are still pending for her husband, whom she began dating twelve years ago after “a chance encounter” at a gas station on Siegen Lane, she said.
“Me and him had finally said we were gonna do something by ourselves, so we were gonna go on a cruise in three weeks,” she said of an upcoming trip to Cozumel, Mexico.
Anyone with information on the shooting may contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.
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