Family members of recent shooting victims cope with tragedy

Family members of recent shooting victims cope with tragedy
Photo of Brandon Wallace and his family. (Source: WAFB)
Photo of Brandon Wallace and his family. (Source: WAFB)
Shawyn Lollis (Source: Lollis family)
Shawyn Lollis (Source: Lollis family)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As a deadly summer in Baton Rouge continues, families devastated by the recent violence open up.

66-year-old Eula Johnson is the grandmother of Brandon Wallace. Johnson said she raised the 31-year-old and that he was a father of four young children with a fifth on the way.

"I used to always call him my baby," said Johnson, fighting tears.

Johnson said Wallace was attending a family reunion on his wife's side Saturday night on Brice St. That's where Baton Rouge Police say Wallace was one of two people shot and killed in a drive-by shooting.

"I'm usually strong, but not with something like this," said an emotional Johnson.

Chillingly, Johnson said she had a premonition something bad was coming for her grandson.

"I knew it was going to happen, but I didn't know it was going to be this soon," she said. "I don't know, he just seemed different because when he come in the door he be talking to himself. That's something he never did."

40-year-old Damian Lollis is also grieving this summer.

"It's been tough," said Lollis.

Police say his younger brother, Shawyn, was shot and killed by 18-year-old Marquiles Whaley in a murder-suicide July 12 on N. Donmoor Ave.

"When I grew up, we used our fists if we had individual problems with each other and that was the end of the story," said Lollis.

Previous media reports said Shawyn was at the apartment trying to break up a fight between the shooter and the shooter's girlfriend. But Damian said his younger brother was completely uninvolved.

"My brother just happened to be at that house at the time." said Lollis. "If he would have known that that happened, he wouldn't have been there."

The shooting on Brice St. marks the 47th and 48th homicide investigations in 2015. That's higher than this time last year.

In July 2014, police worked nine homicides. This July, with two weeks left in the month, they've worked eight.

"When it hits home, it's a different feeling. It's a much different feeling," said Lollis.

"I just want to know why," said Johnson. "There's too much killing going on now. It needs to stop."

BRPD said 28-year-old Terrell Heard also died on Brice St. Saturday night. As of late Sunday afternoon, police are still looking for a shooter.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 225-344-STOP.

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