A Lafayette woman said she's still in shock after finding a friend dead in her living room Wednesday. 

Lafayette police spokeswoman Cpl. Bridgette Dugas said police responded to the home in the 100 block of Rubria Street at 8:50 a.m. and found a man who died from unknown causes in the carport. There were no obvious signs of foul play, she said.

Police have not released the man’s identity.

Police were on scene for several hours Wednesday at the tan brick house in a neighborhood of single-family homes about a block off West Willow Street. Officers cleared out about 11:50 am.

The home’s resident, Courtney Forbes, said she discovered the man’s body in her living room between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. when a couple friends came to her home. Forbes said she was friends with the man, who she called Logan, and she described him as being in his early 20s.

She said the man would sometimes sleep on her sofa when he needed somewhere to stay. Forbes said she opened her home to several friends she grew up with who would stay for short periods.

Forbes, a home health nurse, said some of her friends struggled with drug addiction and she helped them as much as possible. She said she cautioned them to keep that type of activity away from her home and family. Forbes said she was overwhelmed by Wednesday’s death.

“Me opening my door is getting me involved in stuff," she said. "I can’t be involved in all of that. I’m just too nice. This is just an eye opener. I can’t do it.”

Forbes, 30, said she has two children, a 4-year-old daughter and an 11-year-old son, and was working to get her son off to school when they discovered her friend dead.

He was sitting on the floor with his arms resting on the sofa and his head leaned against his arms, she said. She said they originally thought he was sleeping, but when she touched him to shake him awake, he was stiff.

Forbes said she didn’t want her children exposed to the scene, so she and her friends moved the man’s body out of the living room, out her side kitchen door and onto the carport. She then hustled her children out of the house through the front door and had them brought to a friend’s home while she called 911.

“I didn’t want my children to see him. That’s not what they need to see,” she said.

Cpl. Dugas with the Lafayette Police Department said she couldn’t confirm Forbes’ statement. Case details cannot be revealed when an investigation is ongoing, she said.

Forbes said she suspected the young man died of a drug overdose.

Police have not confirmed a cause of death.

Forbes lamented the toll drugs are taking on young people in the community.

“I just wish they would stop it. It’s really a devil. They need to get that off the streets and whoever the supplier is,” Forbes said. “I’m mad because that’s my friend. I never expected anything like this to happen, never.”

Several neighbors said they’d seen cars coming and going frequently from Forbes’ home in the past several months. They said it was an oddity in the neighborhood, populated mostly by older families and retirees who’ve lived in the neighborhood for decades.

Mary Carmouche, 82, said she’s lived in the neighborhood for 57 years and nothing like this has ever happened. She said her dog sleeps near the home’s front window and barks whenever cars drive by quickly or there’s loud voices outside, but he was silent Wednesday morning, she said.

A neighbor adjacent to Carmouche, 64-year-old Ray Boudreaux, said he’s lived in the neighborhood for three years and it’s normally a quiet area. He said his 37-year-old son came home from a night shift just after 8 a.m. and was stunned when he learned about the discovery of the man’s body so soon after he passed the home.

“You hate for stuff like that to happen in your neighborhood,” Boudreaux said.


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