Trying to save him from the violence in Baton Rouge, Elizabeth Robinson encouraged her son in 2008 to join the U.S. Army, knowing he could end up in a war zone.
"I felt he was going to be OK there, compared to these streets," Robinson said.
Despite surviving years of military service, including deployments in Iraq and Korea, it would be a bullet in Louisiana's Capital City that would take her son's life — an actualization of her greatest fear.
"The streets of Baton Rouge and this gun violence … ," Robinson trailed off, a tear slipping from her eye. "He should have stayed in (the Army). It would have probably saved his life."
Louis Robinson Jr., 29, was shot Wednesday afternoon on Cadillac Street, and later died in a hospital from his injuries.
A local rapper was shot on Cadillac Street and later died at a hospital Wednesday afternoon.
Louis Robinson Jr., a local rapper who went by the name of 'Louis Badazz,' served for six years in the Army, enlisting soon after he graduated from Istrouma High School in 2007, heeding the advice of his parents, his mother said. He was honorably discharged and had spent the last few years focused on his music and his family, she said.
"He loved his kids and his family … and his momma. He was a momma's boy," Elizabeth Robinson said. "He'll be missed."
Louis Robinson Jr., the oldest of five siblings, was also the father of three children, all four years old or younger.
She said her son was supposed to start a new job Thursday, driving a fork-lift, similar to temporary jobs he had in the past.
But she said he was most passionate about his music, and had found recent success doing just that. Southern University's band, the Human Jukebox, performed his song "Let Me Thru Dis B" in 2016, and his parents said Grambling State University's band had recently performed one of his songs.
"He started off rapping, 'Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall,' (at) four years old," said his father, Louis Robinson Sr. "He pursued it all the way until he got killed."
The self-proclaimed 'biggest fan' of 'Louis Badazz,' his mother, said she knows every word to his songs.
"Now you can't go to a party without someone playing 'Let Me Thru,'" Elizabeth Robinson said, smiling.
Louis Robinson Jr.'s parents called their son a leader, who wasn't afraid to voice his opinion. Both said they did not know why he was shot, but his mother did plead for a stop to the gun violence in Baton Rouge.
"It's just got to stop," Elizabeth Robinson said. "I don't want anybody to go retaliate or somebody else get killed … It's just not worth it."
However, she is hopeful police will be able to determine who killed her son.
"They have so many unsolved murders now," she said. "Please find them."
Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said officers responded to the 4700 block of Cadillac Street off Plank Road around 4 p.m. Wednesday.
He said police were alerted to the shooting when Louis Robinson Jr. arrived at the hospital via a private vehicle late in the afternoon. Family members said a friend had driven him.
Coppola said police have no suspects or motive at this time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at (225) 389-4869 or Crimestoppers at (225) 344-7867.