A 'friendly' murder?

Crime Stoppers: Jeffery Francois murder

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - May, June and July are known for an increase in violent crimes and 2015 is shaping up similar to 2014 in the number of murders.

In 2014, no three-month span saw more murders than May through July, according to crime statistics from the Baton Rouge Police Department. Of the 53 murders in the Capital City that year, 20 of them happened in that timespan.

One of those murders took the life of Jeffery Francois. It happened on June 14 in the 5300 block of Underwood Avenue, which is between Choctaw Drive and Winbourne Avenue.

Francois was riding in a car with others as they pulled into the neighborhood. They parked and then all got out and walked down the street headed towards one particular house.

Det. Sherri Harris with the Baton Rouge Police Department is working the case.

"Once in the driveway, one of the individuals that was with him actually opened fire on him, shooting him multiple times," Harris said.

Francois didn't even make it to the hospital. He died right there on the scene. It was a scene filled with questions. Who was with him? It appears they may have been friends, according to Harris.

"The individuals who brought him over here, he obviously knew well and was very comfortable with," she explained.

He was comfortable enough with them, anyway, until one of them pulled out a gun and cold-bloodedly ended his life. Was it a crime of opportunity? Was he set up and ambushed? Why here? Those are all questions being asked by investigators, even a year after the crime.

"Why this house? Why this neighborhood? We don't believe this house was just randomly picked," Harris added.

And, there were plenty of potential witnesses on the scene that night. Detectives got enough information to get the investigation going, but that's where it stalled. They can't move forward without that missing piece.

Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

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