Baton Rouge crime scene

A man found dead of gunshot wounds in a Baton Rouge hotel room Sunday was the victim of a homicide, Baton Rouge police said Monday.

Jody Arcediano, 36, of Zachary died from gunshot wounds sometime before his body was discovered around 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Baton Rouge police spokesman Sgt. L'Jean McKneely Jr. said.

His death has been ruled a homicide.

It appears Arcediano was staying at the Microtel Inn and Suites on Plaza Americana Drive off Airline Highway and Interstate 12 when he was shot and killed, police said. His body was found inside a room there.

McKneely said the investigation is ongoing but detectives believe the victim may have been robbed. He said it's unclear when exactly the shooting occurred, but autopsy results should shed more light on the timeline.

Arcediano was a devoted father to his baby daughter, friends said. He spent most of his life in the Baton Rouge area.

His mother was quoted in an Advocate story from 1990, talking about helping him and his twin sister, then both in second grade, develop their reading skills as part of a program at Ryan Elementary School. 

Attempts to reach his family Monday were unsuccessful. 

Email Lea Skene at lskene@theadvocate.com.