BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in finding the shooter who killed a 7-year-old boy in Baton Rouge Saturday night.
Terrez Coleman and his family were driving home from a family reunion when a shot was fired into their car by a passing vehicle. Terrez was shot in the heart and one of his sisters was grazed by the bullet.
Officials have released an image of the car that is possibly connected to the shooting and have also announced a private donation of a $10,000 reward for the information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the shooting. Crime Stoppers is also offering a $2,500 reward in this case.
"We must come together as a community to ensure that this senseless killing does not go unpunished," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "I am calling the community to rally around this family and stand against this meaningless violence. Someone out there knows something. You need to come forward."
The image of the vehicle was captured on a residential security camera on Prescott Road, which is near the shooting scene. The vehicle has been described as a light-colored, 4-door sedan. "This senseless killing must not go unpunished," Gautreaux said Wednesday. Gautreaux called on the community to "stand against this meaningless violence." "Someone out there knows something. You need to come forward."
Earlier Wednesday, the church clergy from north Baton Rouge gathered to address the death of Terrez Coleman. The leaders from several churches gathered to offer sincere condolences and prayers to the victim's family. They also want to urge the community to respond constructively to the killing.
During the news conference at Rose Hill Baptist Church, one minister said "it's time to leave these cushy seats and move out into the community."
The group of ministers say the church needs to reach into certain areas, not to spread the word of the church, but also to solve the problems that leads to this type of behavior; such as showing the drug dealers how to operate a legal business.
The group says it is time to come up with a plan, so things like the shooting death of 7-year-old Terrez Coleman doesn't happen again.
"Many of us will look at this family and say, 'why would God allow something like this to happen?" said Eric Williams, pastor at Beacon Light. "One thing I do know, we may not have the answer but God gives peace in situations like this. So we're going to pray for this family and that God would give them peace. Do I have all of the answers? No, but I now we serve a God who has it for us."
Funeral arrangements for Terrez Coleman are set for Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. Services will be at Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church.The following clergy members were in attendance:Raymond A. Jetson of Star Hill Church
Donny Donaldson of Rose Hill Baptist Church
Bishop Raymond Johnson of Living Faith Christian Center
Bishop Charles Wallace of Oasis Christian Church
Pastor Mary Moss of St. Alma Baptist Church
Coleman's family says Terrez took a bullet to the heart. They are hoping someone will come forward with any information that links to the killer. If you have information on the shooting, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP(7867).