Some Baker officials want stricter curfew for teens after triple murder

BAKER, LA (WAFB) - Some Baker, LA city officials want to propose a new teen curfew. This comes just five days after a shooting in Baker that left three teenagers dead and one in the hospital.

The shooting happened at a private birthday party in Baker. Diontrey Claiborne, 18; Marcell Franklin, 15; and Kendal Dorsey, 15 were killed. The suspect in the triple murder was arrested Monday.

Police say there were more than 50 people at the birthday party when the suspect opened fire into the crowd.

The 16-year-old suspect is scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court on April 14 for a detention hearing. That hearing was supposed to happen Monday, but his attorney asked for a continuance.

He faces three counts of first-degree murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and a single count of illegal possession of a weapon.

The possibility for a stricter curfew for teens in Baker is initially getting mixed reaction across the city.

The city of Baker already abides by a state curfew law from 11pm -5am Sunday to Thursday and 1am to 5am on Friday and Saturday. The shooting on Friday happened before 11 p.m.

Some city leaders believe placing a stricter curfew could impact Baker businesses.

"Because a lot of their employees are under 17 and they have to get back and forth to work. So it does affect them and their business," said Baker Mayor Harold Rideau.

A vote on a tougher curfew could come as early as next Tuesday, at a 6:30 p.m. meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at Baker City Hall.

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