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Kenneth Coverson II

A man shot and killed in the Scotlandville area Monday night was a positive influence in his community and a source of support for local young people, friends and family said.

Kenneth Coverson II, 39, was shot multiple times around 9:40 p.m. near his home in the 1600 block of Rosenwald Road, Baton Rouge police said. 

Detectives believe Coverson was shot at one location, then ran or drove to the 1600 block of Rosenwald Road, Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McKneely Jr. said. They have not been able to locate the shooting scene, he said. 

Coverson died at a hospital from his injuries. No suspects or motives have been identified.

Friends and family gathered outside the victim's home Tuesday morning trying to make sense of what had happened the night before. He was found suffering from gunshot wounds near his home, which is not far from the campus of Scotlandville Magnet High School.

Kenneta Coverson said her younger brother was supportive and loving, father to two boys and a positive presence for the neighborhood youth. Coverson said her brother would mentor and babysit local children in their tight-knit community, doing what he could to take care of them.

“They listened to him,” she said. “I used to tell him that he needs to open a day care.”

Coverson worked a 9-to-5 job as an electrician, friends said, and had lived in Scotlandville his entire life. Everyone under the age of 30 looked up to him, one friend added. 

The youngest of four, Coverson towered above his siblings at 6 feet 4 inches tall, which earned him the nickname “Snoop” because of his resemblance to rapper Snoop Dogg. The comparison prompted jokes when friends would call the house, asking for Coverson under the guise of his nickname.

“Everybody would call the house asking for Snoop, and I’d say, ‘He’s in California!’” Kenneta Coverson said, laughing. “People used to get mad at me.”

Coverson’s friend, Brandon Green, said Coverson was funny and enjoyed entertaining his loved ones.

“He had a big heart and would give you the shirt off his back,” Coverson said. “He always had something positive to tell you. If something bad happened, he would encourage you to look at it in a better way.”

Kenneta Coverson said she had been on the phone all night and early into the morning, talking to relatives and trying to navigate the shocking news of her brother’s death. They were both named after their father, she said, and were close.

“We’re all taking it hard,” she said. “No other way to say it. We’re all taking it hard.”

Email Jacqueline DeRobertis at jderobertis@theadvocate.com