Police identify woman found dead in Baton Rouge parking lot

Police identify woman found dead in Baton Rouge parking lot

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Police are trying to find out how a woman died after her body was found in a parking lot Thursday morning.

The Baton Rouge Police Department put crime scene tape around an area on North Street near North 26th Street where the body of 34-year-old Jemina Williams. A neighbor said police arrived on the scene around 8 a.m.

Investigators said callers reported a woman was discovered lying half-clothed in the parking lot and medics were dispatched to the area in reference to a "suspicious incident." They added the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and homicide detectives were called to find out what happened to her.

Williams' body was found just around the corner from East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle's home.

"The violence has to stop," Marcelle said. "It really saddens me. It's early in the morning, come out your house, find the tape up with yet another murder in the district. We've got to stop killing one another, again, headed to work, I don't expect to see this. This is right behind my house.

"Something like this doesn't just affect the person that's deceased or her family, it affects us all," said Shenika Phillips, who lives in the area. "If this occurs here in our neighborhood where we are all living, paying our taxes, raising our families, attending our churches, this affects us all. It's not just happening to one random individual."

The cause of death is unknown, but detectives noted that Williams suffered from several gunshot wounds. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about what may have happened to the woman is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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