Crime Stoppers: The cycle continues

Crime Stoppers: Tyronne St. Cyr

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - For the family of Tyronne St. Cyr, it's hard to believe that they are coming up on seven years since he's been gone. Seven years since the 18-year-old was gunned down in the middle of the road. It happened on December 19th, 2008 along South 13th Street in Baton Rouge.

Detective Elvin Howard with the Baton Rouge Police Department was at the scene.

"As time passed, through the investigation, we learned the victim was talking to another black male riding on a bike," he said.

But that's pretty much all they got. Police believe the other male is the person who pulled the trigger,  just a single shot to the chest.

Tyrone's mother, Olivia St. Cyr, remembers taking a couple of phone calls that morning.

"I got a phone call at 12:30 saying my son was shot. I thought they were playing, so I hung up. They called back, screaming in the background. So I ran down 13th street, he's lying in the middle of the street dead," she said.

Video from the scene that day shows a very crowded street. Plenty of people, means plenty of potential witnesses.

"By the time I got out here, I'm sure word got back to the family and people in the neighborhood, exactly what happened. But of course police are the last to know," says Detective Howard.

Even more worrisome perhaps, the thought that some of those involved don't see a reason for this to end.

Proof maybe in an exchange with Tryonne's mother. A woman who lost two sons to street violence. At first, she says she wants that street justice, wants the killings to continue because of what they did to her son.  After a moment to reflect though, she softens her stance a little.

"I'm going to take it back. I'll put it like this, what he did to my child, it's going to happen to him. I'm going to leave it like that."

Those trying to make a change say it can't happen if it's not wanted, if those mixed up in it aren't on board.  So what do we do?  Where do we go from here?  A good first step may be helping to solve this crime.  And it can be solved, even almost seven years later.  Just pick up the phone and dial 344-STOP (7867).

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