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Community still searching for answers in drive-by shooting death

Terrez Coleman (Source: Family) Terrez Coleman (Source: Family)
Investigators believe this is the vehicle involved in the deadly shooting of Terrez Coleman (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office) Investigators believe this is the vehicle involved in the deadly shooting of Terrez Coleman (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
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  • Search continues for suspect in drive-by shooting that killed 7-year-old

    Search continues for suspect in drive-by shooting that killed 7-year-old

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-08-18 22:27:47 GMT
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    Terrez Coleman was only 7-years-old and was the victim of a shooting. His family says he took a bullet to the heart. Crime Stoppers is now offering a $2,500 reward, hoping someone will come forward with any information that links to the killer.More >>
    Terrez Coleman was only 7-years-old and was the victim of a shooting. His family says he took a bullet to the heart. Crime Stoppers is now offering a $2,500 reward, hoping someone will come forward with any information that links to the killer.More >>
  • Officials release image of vehicle involved in drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old

    Officials release image of vehicle involved in drive-by shooting death of 7-year-old

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-20 16:21:41 GMT
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    Investigators have released a still image of a car possibly connected to the weekend shooting of a 7-year-old in Baton Rouge. The image was captured from surveillance video. During a news conference Wednesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Gautreaux also announced that private donors have contributed an additional $10,000 to reward money being offered in the case. More >>
    Investigators have released a still image of a car possibly connected to the weekend shooting of a 7-year-old in Baton Rouge. The image was captured from surveillance video. During a news conference Wednesday, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Gautreaux also announced that private donors have contributed an additional $10,000 to reward money being offered in the case. More >>
  • Family issues public plea to help find 7-year-old's killer

    Family issues public plea to help find 7-year-old's killer

    Monday, August 18 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-18 11:48:53 GMT
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    Loved ones are grieving the tragic death of a 7-year-old boy they said was full of life. He was killed in what investigators are calling a random shooting.More >>
    Loved ones are grieving the tragic death of a 7-year-old boy they said was full of life. He was killed in what investigators are calling a random shooting.More >>
  • Mother of 7-year-old boy killed in shooting: 'I saw my son go down.'

    Mother of 7-year-old boy killed in shooting: 'I saw my son go down.'

    Sunday, August 17 2014 9:20 AM EDT2014-08-17 13:20:17 GMT
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    A 7-year-old boy is dead and his 11-year-old sister injured after the children were shot while riding in a car on Prescott Road late Saturday night. EBRSO detectives say the shooting may have been random, and want the public's assistance identifying any possible suspects.More >>
    A 7-year-old boy is dead and his 11-year-old sister injured after the children were shot while riding in a car on Prescott Road late Saturday night. EBRSO detectives say the shooting may have been random, and want the public's assistance identifying any possible suspects.More >>
  • Hundreds mourn the loss of 7-year old Terrez Coleman

    Hundreds mourn the loss of 7-year old Terrez Coleman

    Saturday, August 23 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-08-24 01:14:06 GMT
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    Hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church for the funeral of, 7-year old, Terrez Coleman. Detectives said Coleman was shot during a drive-by shooting Saturday August 16th, 2014. A sense of sorrow filled the air as people wiped their tears and said their final goodbyes. More >>
    Hundreds of people gathered at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church for the funeral of, 7-year old, Terrez Coleman. Detectives said Coleman was shot during a drive-by shooting Saturday August 16th, 2014. A sense of sorrow filled the air as people wiped their tears and said their final goodbyes. More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thirty days have passed since gunfire rang out, seemingly out of nowhere, and cut short a young life.  Seven year old Terrez Coleman was shot and killed on August 16 while riding home with his family on Prescott Road, a victim of apparent random violence.  His killer is still at large.

"My baby didn't have to die like that. I don't want nobody's child to die like that," said Felicia Coleman, the victim's mother.

"To be in a family vehicle coming back from a family outing just minding their own business, and all the sudden shots are fired in their car and it takes the life of their seven year old kid, you can't imagine it," said East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

On the anniversary of that heartbreaking day, blocks from where Terrez took his last breath, family and friends gathered along with law enforcement at Beacon Light Baptist Church  to remember the young life and to ask for answers.  The crowd held candles, glowing softly.  However, that burning light is also the start of new movement, one where residents are pleading for a stop to violence.

"Those out there who are a part of this senseless violence I ask God now to place a mirror before you so that you can see the true reflection of your face. We cry out no more,” said one speaker.

Investigators have no promising leads, but a private donor has offered a $10,000 reward for help that leads to an indictment.  Crime Stoppers is offering another $2,500.  Officials and family members hope that will be enough to tease out the answers they so desperately seek.

"We're going to stay on this case until it's done. If we got to follow 1,500 empty leads that's what we're going to do," said Gautreaux.

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, four-door sedan.

Coleman's relatives said the boy 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 344-7867.

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