Family still looks for answers one year after 7-year-old son shot and killed

Source: Elizabeth Vowell/WAFB
Source: Elizabeth Vowell/WAFB
Terrez Coleman
Terrez Coleman

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Relatives of a 7-year-old boy who was shot and killed in the backseat of his family's car a year ago gathered Sunday night for a balloon release in his memory.

Terrez Coleman of Baker and his family were on their way home from a family reunion when a single shot was fired through the back door of their car.

"We love you Terrez," they said in unison as blue and green balloons drifted in the air.

The family said there have been no leads, no phone calls and no answers as to what happened. They are still hoping someone will come forward.

"Any information that can help find out who killed my son," said Felicia Coleman, the victim's mother.

August 16, 2014, the family was headed back to their home in Baker from Clinton, after gathering with family. They stopped off to show Terrez his birthday gift, a horse named James Brown. That's the name Terrez decided on in the car. His name choice brought on laughter, one of the last laughs they shared as a family.

Moments later, as they drove down Prescott Road between Joor Road and Lanier Drive, a dark colored car passed by. They heard a pop, thought a tire blew and then there was a shriek. When Terrez's mother looked in the backseat, she said she saw blood. Terrez was slumped over. The bullet also grazed one of Terrez's twin sisters. The family took him to a nearby fire station, but it was too late.

There are now prayers for answers that whomever knows who caused the family of five to live as a family of four would come forward.

"Please can you help me find whoever did this to my friend," said Marcus Spears, a close friend of Terrez.

A spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said there is still a $10,000 reward for information that could help solve the case.

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