Memorial tribute dedicated to 7-year-old killed in deadly shooting

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Terrez Coleman
Terrez Coleman
A memorial flowerbed, a ribbon and plaque was dedicated as a tribute to Terrez Coleman. (Source: WAFB)
A memorial flowerbed, a ribbon and plaque was dedicated as a tribute to Terrez Coleman. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - About 40 days have passed since 7-year-old Terrez Coleman was shot and killed while riding home with his family. The family was driving on Prescott Road on August 16 when gunfire rang out. Little Terrez is a victim of random violence and his killer is still at large.

"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 Sept. 26, at 9 a.m., a host of Southern University students and non-profit organizations gathered at the Campus of Inspiring Charter Academy, where Terrance went to school.

A memorial flowerbed, a ribbon and plaque was dedicated as a tribute to Terrez Coleman.

"It was good.  It was an experience.  Especially to hear some of the messages that some of them had said about how they missed him," said CEO of Men of Empowerment Eugene Williams III. "They miss him helping them out in class.  They miss playing with him in recess and things like that. So that right there lets you know that Terrez did more by touching his classmates life."


Men of Empowerment, P&W Management, Young Positive Minds Inc., and Southern University's Criminal Justice and Black History clubs are working together to try and put an end to violent crimes and senseless killings.

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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