A St. Landry Parish community is reeling after three young residents died in a domestic double murder-suicide in Port Barre on Tuesday.
Port Barre Police Chief Deon Boudreaux identified the deceased as Skylar Kimble, 23, of Krotz Springs; Christopher Boudreaux, 23, of Hamburg; and Michael Dupont Jr., 25, of Palmetto. He said Kimble recently moved to Port Barre and Boudreaux’s family was from the Palmetto area.
Chief Boudreaux named Dupont as Kimble’s ex-boyfriend and the shooter who killed Kimble and Chris Boudreaux before taking his own life.
Boudreaux was the father of a young son, Christoper Lane Boudreaux, Jr., according to his obituary.
Chief Boudreaux said the incident happened around 2:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Pawnee Street, an area of single-family homes and mobile homes tucked less than a block off Saizan Avenue near Port Barre High School.
The police dispatcher received a call from Dupont saying he had shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend, and was preparing to kill himself, Chief Boudreaux said.
Officers found Dupont dead in the living room and Kimble and Boudreaux deceased in the bedroom. All three suffered single gunshot wounds to the head from a 12-gauge shotgun, Chief Boudreaux said.
The shootings took place in a mobile home belonging to Kimble, Chief Boudreaux said. The tree-lined property was cordoned off by police tape Tuesday as residents drove past the home.
There was no sign of forced entry, and investigators believe Dupont either had a key from his time living at the residence or that the front door was left unlocked, the chief said. Officers also found a small, brown bulldog tied to a run cable on the home’s front porch. The dog was taken into police custody.
Family members said the dog was co-owned by Kimble and Dupont when they were together, Chief Boudreaux said.
Chief Boudreaux said investigators believe Dupont and Kimble separated in the past few months. Chief Boudreaux said there was not a reported history of domestic violence, at least known to the Port Barre Police Department. They’re continuing to investigate if there were restraining orders or domestic violence reports filed in other jurisdictions, he said.
The chief said he’s been in office 11 years and this is the first time a domestic violence killing has happened during his time in administration.
“This is definitely not common in Port Barre. The last domestic violence murder we’ve been involved in was probably more than 15 years ago,” Chief Boudreaux said. “We don’t get many calls this extreme to where someone has been murdered or committed suicide because of domestic violence.”
Chief Boudreaux said the last domestic violence homicide he could recall occurred in 2003.
In October 2003, Amanda Levier was found beaten and stabbed to death in her Live Oak Street home. Her estranged husband, Michael Anthony Levier, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison, according to an April 2004 article in The Daily World.
The news of Tuesday’s murder-suicide left Deondria Andrus, 27, in shock. Andrus and her husband live on Choctaw Street a few hundred yards across from the mobile home where the shooting happened. She and her husband moved to the area at the end of March and she said the neighborhood’s been quiet and issue-free.
Andrus said she grew up with Dupont in Palmetto and the two attended school together, from Head Start and Palmetto Elementary to part of high school at North Central High School in Lebeau. She said friends called him Shaggy.
She said Dupont and her brother worked together at Peoples Moss Gin Co., Inc, a local livestock feed production company. Andrus said her brother called her around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning when Dupont didn’t show up for work saying, “Mike did it.”
She ran outside in shock, having slept through the commotion, and saw the police tape and Dupont’s truck parked across the street. She said she learned more about the shooting as friends and family reached out to her and community members from Palmetto and Melville began posting remembrances of Boudreaux, Kimble and Dupont on social media.
A check stub for Peoples Moss from early April rested on the front seat of a blue Nissan truck parked at the scene Tuesday, along with a couple cell phones, empty Gatorade bottles and a can of Copenhagen chewing tobacco.
Chief Boudreaux and Andrus confirmed the truck belonged to Dupont. The vehicle was parked on the roadside in front of Kimble’s home, obscured from view from the home’s side window by a wall of bushes lining the front of the property.
Andrus said Dupont came to visit about a week ago while she was at work and spoke to her husband about his breakup with Kimble. She said she was unclear of the details of their separation, but he told her husband he wasn’t taking the split well and had come by to pick up some of his things.
She said she wishes she had been there to speak to him, to give him a female perspective and calm his mind.
“I’ve been through a lot with different relationships. I wish I could have been here to talk to him, to tell him, ‘It’s going to be alright, Mike. She’s not the only lady. Somebody’s out there for you. Let her be. Life goes on. Let her go,’” Andrus said. “All of this could have been avoided.”
Dupont told her husband he had approached Chris Boudreaux in public in recent weeks, but Andrus said she wasn’t sure of the extent of the confrontation. She said she hadn’t heard of disputes before and had never seen police visit the home for disturbances or complaints since she moved to the neighborhood.
“It’s just a whole sad situation,” Andrus said.
Funeral services for Chris Boudreaux are scheduled for Saturday. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 2 p.m. service at First Pentecostal Church in Melville. Burial will follow in the First Pentecostal Church Cemetery.
Funeral services for Michael Dupont are scheduled for Thursday. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in the Skip Montet Chapel at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas followed by a 2 p.m. service at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church.
Funeral information for Skylar Kimble was not yet available.