Baton Rouge murder rate gets national attention

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The continued violence and high murder rate in Baton Rouge gained national attention this weekend.

A front-page article in the Wall Street Journal used Baton Rouge as the main example of communities struggling to stop intraracial crime.

The article included an interview with East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore. He's shown on the scene of a shooting, standing over the body of an 18-year-old victim. The picture on the cover of the victim's body was not blurred.

The article cited Baton Rouge has already seen at least 10 more murders this year compared to this time in 2011.

Moore said even though it's an ugly story, it is one that must be told, even to a national audience.

"I think this article is going to generate, hopefully will generate, more discussion about the crime that we see and really, it's like the article said, most of these offenses are over complete nonsense and they can be avoided," Moore said. "Every murder can be avoided and that's what our theory is and that's what we're going to try to work toward and if we can see a reduction of 10 per year, it'll be significant."

Moore was quoted in the article stating, "Sometimes you can guess who is next by who was killed the night before."

He said the BRAVE project will focus on identifying specific conflicts between specific individuals before they turn deadly.

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