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Crime Stoppers: Marquis Wyatt Murder

Marquis Wyatt (Source: Family) Marquis Wyatt (Source: Family)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

A part of town that has seen more than its share of violence is where a man lost his life several months ago and the crime remains unsolved.

Marquis Wyatt, 23, was shot and killed on Oct. 1, 2014 on Cannon Street just off Plank Road in north Baton Rouge.

His mother remembers getting that phone call.

"I got a call in the middle of the night saying Marquis is dead," the victim's mother said. "[It was the] middle of the night. Not that they think he got shot, just that he's dead."

Another familiar problem in the area is not much information is coming from the neighborhood right now. What is available, though, is a little bit of surveillance video taken from a store on the corner of Cannon and Plank.

Det. Caan Castleberry with the homicide division of the Baton Rouge Police Department is the lead investigator in the case.

"According to the time stamps on the video, where you see him walking down the trail until the time you see the vehicle make the right turn on Plank - it's within a minute," Castleberry said.

So, the thinking is the car seen on video and whomever was in it had a lot to do with the shooting.

The victim's mother and his whole family are still trying to come to grips with all this.

"You killed him. Left his son and daughter without a father, his mother without a son. He has a sister and two brothers. He had a family out here," his mother added.

So, why was he gunned down? Was it a crime of opportunity or was he targeted?

"We don't think he was robbed - no evidence of that. Could be retaliation for something we are not aware of yet," Castleberry explained.

The family is very aware, though, of the void left behind. Little eyes are looking for their father, who they will never see again.

"The baby is just three years old. It hurts me to see him looking at pictures and saying, 'My daddy,'" his mother said.

The heartbroken grandmother has to see that almost every day. So, relatives push on, knowing the hurt will always be there.

However, the lack of justice can go away, but only if you make that phone call.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 344-7867, text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or anonymously or go to www.crimestoppersbr.com.

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