A 20-year-old Baton Rouge man died at a Baton Rouge hospital Wednesday night shortly after he arrived with one gunshot wound.
Jesse Trejos was shot about 8:20 p.m. and found in the 9400 block of Kindletree Drive, just a few minutes’ walk from his home in the Round Oak neighborhood, said Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokeswoman for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Hicks said she did not have information about the exact location where Trejos was shot, except it was in the area but not at his residence on Waterleaf Avenue. Authorities believe at some point after the shooting, Trejos walked up to a house on Kindletree, Hicks said.
Trejos was shot once in the chest, said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner William “Beau” Clark.
Family members at Trejos’ residence said Thursday they didn’t want to talk about his death.
One of his friends, Ben Coleman, 20, of Gonzales, said Trejos was an avid member of a local dance group called Infinite Perspective, whose members perform nighttime light shows by wearing gloves with glowing fingertips.
Coleman, one of Trejos’ fellow “glovers,” said the group performed at concerts and posted videos online. Coleman published a tribute clip on Facebook Thursday using one of Trejos’ favorite songs.
“(Jesse) would literally drop anything to help somebody,” Coleman said. “People could not get over how nice he was. No matter what was going on, he was always on your side.”
Coleman said he believed Trejos was living at his parents’ house. Trejos’ nickname was “Goofy,” he said, because the young man was always providing comic relief to those around him.
Coleman said he didn’t know what led to Trejos being attacked.
“If he was going somewhere that he even thought was potentially dangerous, he would have brought someone with him,” Coleman said. “All I can think is he was somewhere he didn’t feel threatened, and something took a wrong turn somewhere.”
Hicks said the investigation is ongoing.