Tigerland residents worried about violent crime

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tigerland has been a neighborhood associated with LSU students and college life for years, but violent crime continues to be a growing trend that has now resulted in four homicides in the last seven months.

"It's never a safe idea to walk alone through here," said one resident.

Life in the Tigerland community is far from normal for LSU senior Robert Clary and other residents who are understandably concerned in the wake of Saturday's stabbing at the Camelot Apartments.

The stabbing left Roger Watkins, 22, dead and Justin Harrison, 19, in custody charged with second-degree murder.

"Luckily, we were able to get the information from victim before he died," said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "He was able to give us the name and location as to where he lived and from there, that gave us enough to where we had enough evidence to put him behind bars."

Saturday's homicide marks the fourth in the Tigerland area since a severe beating back in March.

"Not long ago, Baton Rouge was a place when someone was murdered, everyone cared and was alarmed," added East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore.

Moore has seen far too many of these crimes and said this latest incident appears to be another example of violence that is anything but random.

"We've got folks that know each other, they're related. They have had deals with each other before and those kinds of things because of that relationship, they're available. I believe this past one yesterday is one that is absolutely avoidable and shouldn't have happened," Moore added.

However, it did happen and for Clary, it's just another reason he can't wait to graduate.

"I don't let my friends walk home when they live farther back in Tigerland. Always make sure they get a ride or something, but I'm anxious to get out of here when I graduate. It's becoming a lot worse than it used to be," Clary said.

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