A 29-year-old Baton Rouge mother remembered for her generosity and kind personality was shot to death in her apartment Sunday night, police said, marking the city's first homicide of 2017.
Asha Davis was found around 8:30 p.m. at 4115 Mohican-Prescott Crossover, said Sgt. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge Police Department spokesman.
Police have not yet identified a motive or suspect in the shooting at the Choctaw Lodge apartment complex.
Asha Davis had lived at the apartment for about two months, said her younger brother, Kenneth Davis. Scraps of crime scene tape remained tied to a balcony railing and at the bottom of a nearby staircase Monday morning.
Asha Davis, the mother of a 10-year-old son, worked at Ochsner Medical Center and was enrolled in a nursing program at Baton Rouge Community College, her brother said.
Kenneth Davis, 28, said he and his sister, who both attended Broadmoor High School, were close. He said what he'll remember most about her is that "she never could say no to nobody, especially to me and my daughter."
His sister had a "great heart, personality," Davis added. "Willingness to always help others. Beautiful smile. It's a long list."
A neighbor at the apartment complex, who declined to give his name, described Asha Davis as a quiet person.
"She didn't bother anyone," he said. "She stayed to herself."
The neighbor said he was sitting in his car outside his apartment Monday night about 30 minutes before Asha Davis was shot and decided to go inside because he kept hearing gunshots and fireworks in the area as people celebrated New Year's Day.
Once inside, he heard about 15 shots coming from within the apartment complex. Numerous emergency vehicles arrived soon after, he said.
The neighbor, who on Monday was preparing to move out of the Choctaw Lodge complex, expressed concern about violent crime in the neighborhood.
"It's always happening," he said.
Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call the police department's Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.