Family of 19-year-old murder victim pleading for killer to come forward

Family of 19-year-old murder victim pleading for killer to come forward

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The family of the city's recent murder victim is pleading with the killer to come forward.

Calvin Smith, 19, was shot and left to die Sunday morning in the parking lot of Carlin's Food Mart in North Baton Rouge.

Theresa Stewart is trying to process the tough news that her adoptive son, Smith, is gone.

"I was stunned. I just couldn't believe it," Stewart said.

She said a detective delivered the message to her front door early Sunday morning.

"She said, I'm sorry to bring this bit of bad news to you but Calvin was shot multiple times and he was pronounced dead at 1:15 a.m.," Stewart said.

Baton Rouge Police said when they responded to reports of a shooting in the parking lot of Carlin's Food Mart they found the 19 year old the parking lot.

Smith's brother, Keon Preston, said he spent time with him that afternoon.

"My heart just popped out of my chest. It didn't seem real until I got here and all the family was here," Preston said.

Smith's relatives said he made them laugh. He loved to box, and had a unique sense of style. But it's the way he treated others, they said, they will remember most.

"Calvin was a guy that if you need your grass cut honey, your grass is going to be cut. If you need anything around the house he was that kind of person," Preston said.

"He tried to please everybody. Everybody liked him. That's why this is just unbelievable," Stewart said.

Stewart also acknowledges while she is grieving for Smith's loss, there is also another woman suffering from the painful news.

"I'm not his biological mother but I'm the lady who raised him, and I have to sympathize with his biological mother because she is a mother just like me," Stewart said.

That is why relatives said it is so important that the person responsible for Smith's death be brought to justice.

A candlelight vigil and balloon release will be held in memory of Smith at Carlin's Food Mart on Monday at 6 p.m.

Relatives are asking that everyone wear red and black and bring a candle.

An account has been set up at Chase Bank to help pay for funeral expenses. Donations can be made under the "Calvin Smith" account.

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